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Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings

Gyles Iannone, Brett A. Houk, and Sonja A. Schwake


The age-old “scapegoat king” model suggests that Maya kings, like their counterparts in other early states throughout the world, were held responsible for the prosperity of their kingdoms. When they failed to meet their obligations, kings and their courts were subject to various forms of “termination,” including ritual defacing and destruction of their monuments, the breakage and burning of key symbols of authority, decommissioning of royal residential courtyards, and even violent death. This volume evaluates the explanatory potential of the scapegoat king trope using a series of such events, ... More

Keywords: Maya, Prosperity, Collapse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062754
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gyles Iannone, editor
Trent University

Brett A. Houk, editor
Texas Tech University

Sonja A. Schwake, editor
Franklin and Marshall College

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