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mythology of Amerindians, from Amazonia and the Andes, to Meso- America and North America. Depicted in gold, pottery and stone, and conjured up in shamanistic visions, they were associated with sacrifice, ...
mythology of Amerindians, from Amazonia and the Andes, to Meso- America and North America. Depicted in gold, pottery and stone, and conjured up in shamanistic visions, they were associated with sacrifice, cannibalism and war, and employed in the subtle symbolism of metaphor as icons of
power and prestige.
In Icons of Power, contributors from the fields of anthropology, archaeology and art history discuss the role and meaning of the feline symbol in North, Central and South America. This volume not only advances our understanding of how different
societies retained and adapted such symbols in a varied contexts, it offers to the reader critical insights into the issues of representation and identification.
Contributors include Elizabeth P. Benson, Richard Cooke, Alan Cordy-Collins, Tom D. Dillehay, James H. Gunnerson, George
R. Hamell, Anne Legast, Peter G. Roe and Nicholas J. Saunders
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|1||Introduction: Icons of power||1|
|2||Architecture of symbolism: The feline image||12|
|3||The lord, the ruler: Jaguar symbolism in the Americas||53|
|4||The Felidae in Pre-Columbian Panama: A thematic approach to their imagery and symbolism||77|
|5||Feline symbolism and material culture in prehistoric Colombia||122|
|6||The jaguar of the backward glance||155|
|7||Paragon or peril? The jaguar in Amazonian Indian society||171|
|8||Felines, patronyms, and history of the Araucanians in the southern Andes||203|
|9||Mountain Lions and Pueblo shrines in the American Southwest||228|
|10||Long-Tail: The panther in Huron-Wyandot and Seneca myth, ritual, and material culture||258|