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Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Origin - John Staller

Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Origin

By: John Staller (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 11th April 2008
ISBN: 9780387769097
Number Of Pages: 389

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Pre-Columbian Andean and Mesoamerican cultures have inspired a special fascination among historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, as well as the general public. As two of the earliest known and studied civilizations, their origin and creation mythologies hold a special interest. The existing and Pre-Columbian cultures from these regions are particularly known for having a strong connection with the natural landscape, and weaving it into their mythologies. A landscape approach to archaeology in these areas is uniquely useful shedding insight into their cultural beliefs, practices, and values. The ways in which these cultures imbued their landscape with symbolic significance influenced the settlement of the population, the construction of monuments, as well as their rituals and practices.

This edited volume combines research on Pre-Columbian cultures throughout Mesoamerica and South America, examining their constructed monuments and ritual practices. It explores the foundations of these cultures, through both the creation mythologies of ancient societies as well as the tangible results of those beliefs. It offers insight on specific case studies, combining evidence from the archaeological record with sacred texts and ethnohistoric accounts. The patterns developed throughout this work shed insight on the effect that perceived sacredness can have on the development of culture and society.

This comprehensive and much-needed work will be of interest to archaeologists and anthropologists focused on Pre-Columbian studies, as well as those in the fields of cultural or religious studies with a broader geographic focus.

An Introduction to Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Originp. 1
Ballcourt Rites, Paradise, and the Origins of Power in Classic Veracruzp. 11
Landscape and a Visual Narrative of Creation and Origin at the Olmec Ceremonial Center of La Ventap. 31
Maya Caves Across Time and Space: Reading-Related Landscapes in K'iche' Maya Text, Ritual and Historyp. 67
Places of Emergence: Sacred Mountains and Cofradia Ceremoniesp. 95
Over Distant Waters: Places of Origin and Creation in Colonial K'iche'an Sourcesp. 123
Fox Walker on the Parapeti River, Bolivia: The Origins of How We Guarani Live in Ivip. 161
Where the Land and the Ocean Meet: The Engoroy Phase Ceremonial Site at Salango, Ecuador, 600-100BCp. 203
The Astronomical Significance of Ritual Movements in the Calendar of Cuzcop. 249
Dimensions of Place: The Significance of Centers to the Development of Andean Civilization: An exploration of the Ushnu Conceptp. 269
High Altitude Ushnu Platforms in the Department of Ayacucho Peru, Structure, Ancestors and Animating Essencep. 315
Representation, Memory, and Power: Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Originp. 357
Indexp. 379
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ISBN: 9780387769097
ISBN-10: 0387769099
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 389
Published: 11th April 2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 1.64