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By Jon C. Lohse, Fred, Jr. Valdez

ISBN-10: 0292705719

ISBN-13: 9780292705715

A lot of what we at the moment find out about the traditional Maya matters the actions of the elites who governed the societies and left documents in their deeds carved at the enormous structures and sculptures that stay as silent testimony to their energy and standing. yet what can we recognize of the typical folks who worked to construct the temple complexes and palaces and grew the nutrition that fed all of Maya society? This pathfinding ebook marshals a big selection of archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic facts to supply the fullest figuring out thus far of the lifeways of old Maya commoners. Senior and rising students give a contribution case reviews that learn such features of commoner existence as cost styles, family association, and subsistence practices. Their studies disguise many of the Maya zone and the full time span from Preclassic to Postclassic. This wide diversity of knowledge is helping unravel Maya commoners from a faceless mass into person actors who effectively tailored to their social surroundings and who additionally held fundamental accountability for generating the nutrients and lots of different items on which the complete Maya society depended.

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Shortly thereafter the chickens and turkeys roost in a nearby tree. By dark, the evening meal of beans and tortillas is served by the hearth. 28 Evon Z. 2. A Zinacanteco house compound After sharing their experiences of the day by the fire and relating a story or two about the ancestors, the Zinacantecos go to sleep either on reed mats on wooden platform beds or on mats on the earthen floor and covered with blankets. During the night, if a member of a family has a dream, he or she will awaken the rest of the family and relate the dream, which is discussed and commented upon, paying attention to information that may foretell the future or provide a solution to a family problem.

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