Ancient Maya Gender Identity And Relations

Ancient Maya Gender Identity And Relations


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Ancient Maya Gender Identity And Relations by Lowell S. Gustafson

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 time—this 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897898775
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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



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