In the southern Maya lowlands, rainfall supplied the first and, in a few parts, the single resource of water for individuals and vegetation. vintage Maya kings backed difficult public rituals that affirmed their shut ties to the supernatural international and their skill to intercede with deities and ancestors to make sure an sufficient volume of rain, which used to be then saved to supply water throughout the four-to-five-month dry season. so long as the rains got here, Maya kings provided their matters with water and exacted tribute in hard work and items in go back. but if the rains failed on the finish of the vintage interval (AD 850-950), the Maya rulers misplaced either their declare to supernatural energy and their temporal authority. Maya commoners persevered to supplicate gods and ancestors for rain in family rituals, yet they stopped paying tribute to rulers whom the gods had forsaken.
In this paradigm-shifting ebook, Lisa Lucero investigates the important position of water and formality within the upward push, dominance, and fall of vintage Maya rulers. She records commoner, elite, and royal ritual histories within the southern Maya lowlands from the past due Preclassic in the course of the Terminal vintage sessions to teach how elites and rulers won political strength throughout the public replication and elaboration of household-level rituals. while, Lucero demonstrates that political energy rested both on fabric stipulations that the Maya rulers might in basic terms partly regulate. supplying a brand new, extra nuanced knowing of those twin bases of energy, Lucero makes a compelling case for non secular and fabric elements intermingling within the improvement and death of Maya political complexity.
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