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Author Rice, Prudence M., author

Title Maya calendar origins : monuments, mythistory, and the materialization of time / Prudence M. Rice
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 268 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere
William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere.
Contents Introduction. Popol Vuh, a Maya creation myth ; Time and preclassic Mesoamerica ; Chiefdoms and cycles ; The early Maya and the Isthmian region -- In the beginning : early Mesoamerican prehistory. Early occupation : The Paleoindian or Lithic stage ; The Archaic stage ; The Archaic-to-Formative transition ; The early Mesoamerican tradition ; Discussion -- Mesoamerican calendrics : time and its recording. The 260-day calendar ; The 360- and 365-day calendars ; The long count and the May ; Origins of the Mesoamerican calendars ; Recording time ; Discussion -- Maya calendar developments in broader context. Originally thirteen months? ; Beginnings and endings ; The months and the day names : a derivational model ; Calendrical origins and the Popol Vuh -- Middle and late preclassic : the Gulf Coast Olmec and the Epi-Olmec. Architectural patterns ; Monuments, iconography, and themes ; Discussion : calendrical implications ; The Epi-Olmec ; Discussion -- Late preclassic : Izapa and Kaminaljuy├║. Izapa, Chiapas ; Kaminaljuy├║ and related sites ; Discussion : calendrical implications -- The early Maya lowlands : origins and settlements. Origin myths ; Archaeology : the earliest lowland settlers and their languages ; Archaeology and architecture ; Archaeology and exchange ; Discussion -- Early lowland Maya intellectual culture : writing, stelae, and "government". Writing systems ; The Stela "Cult" and calendrics ; Ties to the Isthmus ; Leadership, politics, and government -- The materialization and politicization of time. Development of the calendars ; The Popol Vuh and calendars ; Pilgrimages and Tollans ; Cycling : chiefly and calendrical ; Maya calendars : order, legitimacy, and wealth
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-248) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Maya calendar.
Maya chronology.
Maya cosmology.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007001064
ISBN 0292795033 (electronic bk.)
9780292795037 (electronic bk.)