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Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay$
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Debra S. Walker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062792

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062792.001.0001

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Regional Expressions of the Postclassic Effigy Censer System in the Chetumal Bay Area

Regional Expressions of the Postclassic Effigy Censer System in the Chetumal Bay Area

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(p.186) 10 Regional Expressions of the Postclassic Effigy Censer System in the Chetumal Bay Area
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Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay
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Susan Milbrath

Debra S. Walker

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062792.003.0010

This chapter describes the remains of Late Postclassic to Contact period pottery censers from Cerro Maya, Belize. Trace element studies reveal that these vessels were made nearby at the Late Postclassic political capital of Santa Rita Corozal and deposited at the site during pilgrimage ritual. The Cerro Maya material is compared to the Chen Mul Modeled effigy censers from Mayapán in northern Yucatan and elsewhere. Various deities were depicted on these censers, and these are compared to documentary evidence, such as in the Madrid Codex and the Dresden Codex, for their use in calendared public events linked to specific celebrations in the annual cycle. Iconographic detail on the Cerro Maya materials documents a distinct set of deities not present at Mayapán, especially the bee deity and the god of deer hunting.

Keywords:   Chen Mul Modeled, Mayapán, Madrid Codex, Dresden Codex, effigy censer, pilgrimage ritual

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