Mayan society and culture
An interdisciplinary methodology to unveil Teotihuacan
An interdisciplinary methodology to unveil Teotihuacan: the articulation of archaeologists with osteologists, geophysicists, geologists, biologists, chemists and geneticists. Without an interdisciplinary perspective, it is impossible to find out how people lived in the city of Teotihuacan, from what regions did the migrants come from, what were their activities when living, where did foreign crafts and raw materials come from, what were the changes in this societies through time, what were the major factors involved in the collapse. We will view domestic life before and during the Classic period of Teotihuacan. We will discuss the palace of Xalla: and the ruling elite of Teotihuacan. And finally we will discuss activities of post-Teotihuacan groups in the tunnels around the Pyramid of the Sun.
The Lord of the Deer: A Lost Maya Myth
Several Classic Maya vases and monuments reference tantalizing fragments of a narrative concerning Huk Sip (the Old Deer God) and his interactions with Juun Ixiim, the Maize God. Through an analysis of the texts and imagery reflecting this lost myth, as well as careful comparison with some related modern Maya myths, much can be reconstructed of the basic events of the tale, though many mysteries remain. Still unresolved is the extent to which these various fragments reconstruct a single, underlying myth at all, raising questions about many of our reconstructions of ancient Maya mythic narratives.
Classic Maya Mythologies (Workshop Fee $30.00)
Underlying Maya cosmology, history and religion are several key mythological narratives explaining the origins of the world, humanity and civilized/moral behavior. Classic Maya writing and art provide our most important windows into these narratives, identifying key mythological characters by name, attribute or association. Occasionally these figures have survived in more or less recognizable form in colonial or modern traditions - as with the Storm God (Chahk) and the Creator God (Itzamna). More often they have not, and the sum total of our knowledge of their role in the mythology comes from careful study of the texts and art in which they occur. Such is the case with K'awiil, Juun Ixiim and God L, complex entities who defy the simple labels of "Lightning God, " "Maize God" and "Merchant God of the Underworld."