Water and Ritual: The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)

In the southern Maya lowlands, rainfall supplied the first and, in a few parts, the one resource of water for individuals and vegetation. vintage Maya kings backed tricky public rituals that affirmed their shut ties to the supernatural international and their skill to intercede with deities and ancestors to make sure an sufficient volume of rain, which was once then kept to supply water in the course of the four-to-five-month dry season. so long as the rains got here, Maya kings provided their matters with water and exacted tribute in exertions and items in go back. but if the rains failed on the finish of the vintage interval (AD 850-950), the Maya rulers misplaced either their declare to supernatural strength and their temporal authority. Maya commoners endured to supplicate gods and ancestors for rain in loved ones rituals, yet they stopped paying tribute to rulers whom the gods had forsaken.

In this paradigm-shifting ebook, Lisa Lucero investigates the crucial position of water and formality within the upward thrust, dominance, and fall of vintage Maya rulers. She files commoner, elite, and royal ritual histories within the southern Maya lowlands from the overdue Preclassic throughout the Terminal vintage classes to teach how elites and rulers received political energy during the public replication and elaboration of household-level rituals. whilst, Lucero demonstrates that political energy rested both on fabric stipulations that the Maya rulers may possibly purely in part regulate. delivering a brand new, extra nuanced knowing of those twin bases of energy, Lucero makes a compelling case for non secular and fabric elements intermingling within the improvement and dying of Maya political complexity.

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