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Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings$
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Gyles Iannone, Brett A. Houk, and Sonja A. Schwake

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062754

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062754.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings
Author(s):

Gyles Iannone

Brett A. Houk

Sonja A. Schwake

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062754.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of the volume. The scapegoat king model is introduced, and some questions associated with its application to periods of apparent legitimation crisis are discussed. Relevant issues from each of the volume’s chapters are then summarized, with particular emphasis on specific findings that do, or do not, support the efficacy of the scapegoat king model for explaining the collapse of various Maya kingdoms between AD 800 and 830.

Keywords:   Maya, Scapegoats, Collapse

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