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- DescriptionWinner, Association for Latin American Art Book Award, 2010 The Maya of Mexico and Central America have performed ritual dances for more than two millennia. Dance is still an essential component of religious experience today, serving as a medium for communication with the supernatural. During the Late Classic period (AD 600-900), dance assumed additional importance in Maya royal courts through an association with feasting and gift exchange. These performances allowed rulers to forge political alliances and demonstrate their control of trade in luxury goods. The aesthetic values embodied in these performances were closely tied to Maya social structure, expressing tions of gender, rank, and status. Dance was thus t simply entertainment, but was fundamental to ancient Maya tions of social, religious, and political identity. Using an invative interdisciplinary approach, Matthew Looper examines several types of data relevant to ancient Maya dance, including hieroglyphic texts, pictorial images in diverse media, and architecture. A series of case studies illustrates the application of various analytical methodologies and offers interpretations of the form, meaning, and social significance of dance performance. Although the nuances of movement in Maya dances are impossible to recover, Looper demonstrates that a wealth of other data survives which allows a detailed consideration of many aspects of performance. To Be Like Gods thus provides the first comprehensive interpretation of the role of dance in ancient Maya society and also serves as a model for comparative research in the archaeology of performance.
- Author BiographyMatthew G. Looper is Assistant Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico.
- Author(s)Matthew George Looper
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2009
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleThe Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note16 color photos, 208 b&w figures, 2 maps, 2 tables
- Weight1106 g
- Width221 mm
- Height284 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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