Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Origin

Editors: Staller, John (Ed.)

  • Includes case studies of specific geographic areas to provide a comprehensive overview of the wider Mesoamerican region
  • Condenses and explains evidence from found objects, rock carvings, historical accounts, and sacred texts
  • Interdisciplinary scope relevant to archaeology, anthropology, art history, sociology, landscape and cultural studies
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Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Origin
Edited by John Edward Staller, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Pre-Columbian Andean and Mesoamerican cultures have inspired a special fascination among historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, as well as the general public. As two of the earliest known and studied civilizations, their origin and creation mythologies hold a special interest. The existing and Pre-Columbian cultures from these regions are particularly known for having a strong connection with the natural landscape, and weaving it into their mythologies. A landscape approach to archaeology in these areas is uniquely useful shedding insight into their cultural beliefs, practices, and values.The ways in which these cultures imbued their landscape with symbolic significance influenced the settlement of the population, the construction of monuments, as well as their rituals and practices.

This edited volume combines research on Pre-Columbian cultures throughout Mesoamerica and South America, examining their constructed monuments and ritual practices. It explores the foundations of these cultures, through both the creation mythologies of ancient societies as well as the tangible results of those beliefs. It offers insight on specific case studies, combining evidence from the archaeological record with sacred texts and ethnohistoric accounts. The patterns developed throughout this work shed insight on the effect that perceived sacredness can have on the development of culture and society.

This comprehensive and much-needed work will be of interest to archaeologists and anthropologists focused on Pre-Columbian studies, as well as those in the fields of cultural or religious studies with a broader geographic focus.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Ballcourt Rites, Paradise, and the Origins of Power in Classic Veracruz

    Koontz, Rex

    Pages 11-29

  • Landscape and a Visual Narrative of Creation and Origin at the Olmec Ceremonial Center of La Venta

    Tate, Carolyn E.

    Pages 31-65

  • Maya Caves Across Time and Space

    Earle, Duncan

    Pages 67-93

  • Places of Emergence: Sacred Mountains and Cofradía Ceremonies

    Christenson, Allen J.

    Pages 95-121

  • Over Distant Waters: Places of Origin and Creation in Colonial K'iche'an Sources

    Sachse, Frauke

    Pages 123-160

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Origin
Editors
  • John Staller
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-76910-3
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-76910-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-76909-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8501-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 389
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