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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings

Gyles Iannone

Brett A. Houk

Sonja A. Schwake

University Press of Florida

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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