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The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience Among the Classic Maya (Latin American and Latino Art and Culture)

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Three leading experts on the Maya marshal a vast array of evidence from Mayan iconography and hieroglyphic writing, as well as archaeological findings, to argue that the Maya developed a coherent approach to the human body that we can recover and understand today.
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by University of Texas Press
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Mar 21, 2013 Jesse rated it it was amazing
just to be sure i've been learning mayan this past year and not reading fiction that ascertains the person i already know i am. and then well i got hooked: its been almost all mayan for me since. at some point when you study the best a whole culture has to offer, its hard to come back to workshop short stories and like jonathan franzen. so i've been trying with master and margarita which is funny and telling but in a blatant soviet sorta way. alas i also tried hunger, which is like literary cud. ...more
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Three of the greatest epigraphers from the Maya region collaborated on this book to give us an understanding of how the Classic Maya viewed the world around them. Pulling from inscriptions on temples, stela, and vessels the authors paint a picture of how the Maya viewed their body, viewed life and death, and viewed nature. This is a linguistics heavy work and it may deter some who find it daunting, but it is one of the most insightful books you can read to truly understand these people who left ...more
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language and bodies instead of myth, crucial work exploring mayan thought.
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