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The Ch′orti′ Maya AreaPast and Present$
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Brent Metz, Cameron L. McNeil, and Kerry M. Hull

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033310

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033310.001.0001

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Lightning Is Born: Using Ch′orti′ Ritual to Interpret Ancient Maya Art

Lightning Is Born: Using Ch′orti′ Ritual to Interpret Ancient Maya Art

(p.108) 8 Lightning Is Born: Using ChortiRitual to Interpret Ancient Maya Art
The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Matthew Looper

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the result of an interpretation of ancient Maya art using Ch'orti' ritual. It suggests that the existence of common symbols in both ancient and modern cultures does not necessarily imply cultural or ethnic continuity. It illustrates these points using an example from the complex series of traditional rainmaking rites to interpret a monumental sculpture program at the ancient site of Quirigua, Guatemala.

Keywords:   Maya art, Ch'orti' ritual, culture, cultural continuity, ethnic continuity, rainmaking rites, Quirigua, Guatemala

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