The first book to examine how the ancient Maya defined gender. Contributors explain what it meant to be male and female. They show how gender was experienced and what the bases were for gender designations. They demonstrate how gender relations affected other areas of Mayan life, such as the arts, cosmology, economics, politics, religion, and social structure. And they analyze the changes in Mayan gender relations and identities that were fostered by evolving historical systems.
There was no single Mayan polity nor was there a unitary cultural approach. Certain similarities in culture account for the observation of a general commonality among the ancient Maya, but there clearly were significant differences between Mayan sites, within the same site over time, and even between social sectors at the same site in any given timethis is no less true for ancient Maya gender identity and relations. Thus, the authors seek to explain why emphasis upon bilateral inheritance of power and prerogative was emphasized in artwork at some periods and some sites and not at others. Avoiding the vain attempt to provide a single explanation, they seek to offer a clearer sense of the richness of their topic.
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About the Author
LOWELL S. GUSTAFSON is Associate Professor of Political Science, Villanova University.
AMELIA M. TREVELYAN is Associate Professor of Art History, Gettysburg College.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Amelia M. Trevelyan and Lowell S. Gustafson
Multiplicity and Discourse in Classic Maya Gender Relations by Marvin Cohodas
Shared Gender Relations: Early Mesoamerica and the Maya by Lowell S. Gustafson
Household and State in Prehispanic Maya Society Gender, Identity, and Practice by Julia A. Hendon
The Gendered Architecture of Uxmal by Amelia M. Trevelyan and Heather W. Forbes
Mother-Father Kings by Lowell S. Gustafson
Maya Corn Gods and the Male/Female Principle by Karen Bassie-Sweet
The Popol Vuh and the Decline of Maya Women's Status by Beatriz Barba De Piña Chán
A Divine Couple's Gender Roles and Its Cardinal Relations in the Group of the Cross, Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico by María Elena Bernal-García
Holy Mother Earth and Her Flowery Skirt: The Role of the Female Earth Surface in Maya Political and Ritual Performance by Carolyn Tate
Female and Male: The Ideology of Balance and Renewal in Elite Costuming among the Classic Period Maya by Kent Reilly
Desiring Women: Classic Maya Sexualities by Rosemary A. Joyce
Conclusion by Amelia M. Trevelyan and Lowell S. Gustafson