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Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology$
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Tanya M. Peres

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049274

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049274.001.0001

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Hunting Ritual, Trapping Meaning, Gathering Offerings

Hunting Ritual, Trapping Meaning, Gathering Offerings

(p.125) 6 Hunting Ritual, Trapping Meaning, Gathering Offerings
Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology

Cheryl Claassen

University Press of Florida

In chapter 6, “Hunting Ritual, Trapping Meaning, Gathering Offerings,” Cheryl Claassen addresses some rituals that use/d fauna, some characteristics of ritual fauna, the discard contexts for ritual fauna and finally some beliefs adhering to specific fauna. Claassen bases the comments on North American literature, including Mexican cultures. While some readers may think that the Aztecs and Maya have little relevance to native beliefs of the Eastern United States, relationships between Florida, Gulf Coast, and even Virginia natives and those of central Mexico and the Yucatan are increasingly posited as well as Southeastern and Plains Indians with central Mexican cultures. The very large geographical area over which similar ideas are found further supports the employment of symbolism found throughout eastern and southern North America. Because of the author's interest and familiarity with the Archaic Period in the eastern United States, and with Nahuatl speakers of Mexico, much of her commentary is directed at, and examples drawn from, these cultural contexts.

Keywords:   ritual, offering, beliefs, Archaic, Eastern United States, central Mexico

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