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"The best treatment of the subject matter to date."—Marcello A. Canuto, Yale University

Were most commoners in ancient Mesoamerica poor? In a material sense, yes, probably so. Were they poor in their beliefs and culture? Certainly not, as Commoner Ritual and Ideology in Ancient Mesoamerica demonstrates. This volume explores the ritual life of Mesoamerica's common citizens, inside and outside of the domestic sphere, from Formative through Postclassic periods. Building from the premise that ritual and ideological expression inhered at all levels of society in Mesoamerica, the contributors demonstrate that ideology did not emanate solely from exalted individuals and that commoner ritual expression was not limited to household contexts. Taking an empirical approach to this under-studied and under-theorized area, contributors use material evidence to discover how commoner status conditioned the expression of ideas and values. Revealing complex social hierarchies that varied across time and region, this volume offers theoretical approaches to commoner ideology, religious practice, and sociopolitical organization and builds a framework for future study of the correlation of ritual and ideological expression with social position for Mesoamericanists and archaeologists worldwide.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xl
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  1. 1: Commoner Ritual, Commoner Ideology
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2: Tradition and Transformation
  2. pp. 33-54
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  1. 3: Commoner Ritual at Teotihuacan, Central Mexico
  2. pp. 55-82
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  1. 4: Ritual and Ideology Among Classic Maya Rural Commoners at Cop
  2. pp. 83-122
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  1. 5: Smoke, Soot, and Censers
  2. pp. 123-142
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  1. 6: Commoner Rituals, Resistance, and the Classic-to-Postclassic Transition in Ancient Mesoamerica
  2. pp. 143-184
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  1. 7: Shrines, Offerings, and Postclassic Continuity in Zapotec Religion
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. 8: Altar Egos
  2. pp. 213-250
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  1. 9: A Socioeconomic Interpretation of Figurine Assemblages from Late Postclassic Morelos, Mexico
  2. pp. 251-280
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  1. 10: Steps to a Holistic Household Archaeology
  2. pp. 281-294
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-304
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870819209
Print ISBN
9780870818455
MARC Record
OCLC
610329699
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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