Ancient Maya Women

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Traci Ardren
Rowman Altamira, 2002 - 293 halaman
The flood of archaeological work in Maya lands has revolutionized our understanding of gender in ancient Maya society. The dozen contributors to this volume use a wide range of methodological strategies--archaeology, bioarchaeology, iconography, ethnohistory, epigraphy, ethnography--to tease out the details of the lives, actions, and identities of women of Mesoamerica. The chapters, most based upon recent fieldwork in Central America, examine the role of women in Maya society, their place in the political hierarchy and lineage structures, the gendered division of labor, and the discrepancy between idealized Mayan womanhood and the daily reality, among other topics. In each case, the complexities and nuances of gender relations is highlighted and the limitations of our knowledge acknowledged. These pieces represent an important advance in the understanding of Maya socioeconomic, political, and cultural life--and the archaeology of gender--and will be of great interest to scholars and students.
 

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Women and Gender in the Ancient Maya World
1
Gender and Maya Farming Chan Nňohol Belize
12
Gender Divisions of Labor and Lowland Terrace Agriculture
31
Spindle Whorls Household Specialization at Ceren
52
Death Became Her Images of Female Power from Yaxuna Burials
68
Engendering a Dynasty A Royal Woman in the Margarita Tomb Copan
89
Lady Kawii Goddess Oand Maya Warfare
105
Women in Classic Maya Hieroglyphic Texts
114
Women in the Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Chichén Itzá
152
WomenMen and MenWomen Classic Maya Rulers and the Third Gender
171
Representations of Women in Postclassic and Colonial Maya Literature and Art
203
Encountering Maya Women
229
Bibliography
247
Index
283
About the Contributors
291
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Traci Ardren is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Miami. She codirects the Pakbeh Regional Economy Project centered at the ancient Maya trading city of Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico. Her research has focused on gender, iconography, architecture and other forms of symbolic representation in the archaeological record.

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