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The Maya of Mexico and significant the USA have played ritual dances for greater than millennia. Dance continues to be an integral part of non secular event at the present time, serving as a medium for verbal exchange with the supernatural. throughout the past due vintage interval (AD 600-900), dance assumed extra significance in Maya royal courts via an organization with feasting and present alternate. those performances allowed rulers to forge political alliances and show their regulate of exchange in luxurious items. the cultured values embodied in those performances have been heavily tied to Maya social constitution, expressing notions of gender, rank, and standing. Dance used to be therefore now not easily leisure, yet used to be primary to old Maya notions of social, non secular, and political identity.Using an cutting edge interdisciplinary method, Matthew Looper examines different types of facts proper to old Maya dance, together with hieroglyphic texts, pictorial photos in assorted media, and structure. a chain of case experiences illustrates the applying of varied analytical methodologies and gives interpretations of the shape, which means, and social value of dance functionality. even though the nuances of stream in Maya dances are most unlikely to recuperate, Looper demonstrates wealth of different information survives which permits a close attention of many facets of functionality. To Be Like Gods hence offers the 1st entire interpretation of the position of dance in old Maya society and in addition serves as a version for comparative examine within the archaeology of functionality.

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