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ChanAn Ancient Maya Farming Community$
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Cynthia Robin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039831

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039831.001.0001

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Nonroyal Governance at Chan's Community Center

Nonroyal Governance at Chan's Community Center

(p.133) 7 Nonroyal Governance at Chan's Community Center

Cynthia Robin

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on Chan's leading families and the nature of leadership and nonroyal governance at the Maya farming community of Chan. Evidence for community-wide festivals and feasts illustrates one of the mechanisms through which leaders brought the community together to build community. Chan's unusually well preserved administrative building provides unique insights into the relationship between community leaders and diviners in community administration and adjudication. The group-focused politics employed by Chan's leaders differed from the highly hierarchical strategies of the Classic Maya kings in their large cities

Keywords:   Maya, Chan, farming community, leadership, governance, administration, politics

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