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By Joanne Baron

In the 1st complete remedy of vintage Maya purchaser deity veneration, Joanne P. Baron demonstrates the significant value of client deity cults in political relationships among either rulers and their matters and between diverse Maya kingdoms. Weaving jointly facts from inscriptions, photographs, and artifacts, Patron Gods and purchaser Lords offers new insights into how the vintage Maya polity used to be prepared and maintained.
utilizing semiotic conception, Baron attracts on 3 our bodies of facts: ethnographies and manuscripts from Postclassic, Colonial, and glossy Maya communities that connect shopper saints to pre-Columbian shopper gods; hieroglyphic texts from the vintage interval that debate buyer deity veneration; and excavations from four client deity temples on the website of los angeles Corona, Guatemala. She indicates how the vintage Maya used consumer deity effigies, temples, and acts of devotion to barter workforce club, social entitlements, and duties among participants and groups. She additionally explores the broader function of those techniques in politics, arguing that rituals and discourses with regards to shopper deities eventually formulated Maya rulership as a in the neighborhood orientated establishment, which constrained the power of robust kingdoms to create wider non secular communities.
utilising a brand new theoretical method for the archaeological learn of ideology and gear dynamics, Patron Gods and client Lords unearths an missed element of the assumption system of Maya communities.

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