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Migrations in Late Mesoamerica$
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Christopher S. Beekman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066103

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066103.001.0001

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The Itzá Maya Migration Narratives

The Itzá Maya Migration Narratives

Historic Reality, Myth, or … Weighing the Idea of Migrations in Light of New Research

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(p.241) 9 The Itzá Maya Migration Narratives
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Migrations in Late Mesoamerica
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Erik Boot

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066103.003.0009

According to native accounts, such as the Books of Chilam Balam and Spanish accounts from shortly after the Conquest, there were migrations with the foundation and rise of the kingdom of Chichén Itzá during the Classic to Postclassic transition. The Itzá play a central role in these events, but their identity remains unclear. I address this first through an analysis of the native and Spanish accounts of their migration to bring some clarity to the historical record. I then address archaeological and epigraphic evidence of changes at Chichén Itzá that suggest a correlation of the historical and archaeological records. Finally, I discuss evidence from earlier inscriptions from the southern lowlands that suggests an origin for the Itzá in the area around the central Petén lakes.

Keywords:   Chichén Itzá, Chilam Balam, Migration, Itzá, Spanish, Petén lakes

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