Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archatology of Mesoamerica and Central America Rex Koontz

ISBN: 9781931745581

Published: September 30th 2009

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370 pages


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Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archatology of Mesoamerica and Central America  by  Rex Koontz

Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archatology of Mesoamerica and Central America by Rex Koontz
September 30th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 370 pages | ISBN: 9781931745581 | 6.61 Mb

Warfare, ritual human sacrifice, and the rubber ballgame have been the traditional categories through which scholars have examined organized violence in the artistic and material records of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. This volume expandsMoreWarfare, ritual human sacrifice, and the rubber ballgame have been the traditional categories through which scholars have examined organized violence in the artistic and material records of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. This volume expands those traditional categories to include such concerns as gladiatorial-like boxing combats, investiture rites, trophy-head taking and display, dark shamanism, and the subjective pain inherent in acts of violence.

Each author examines organized violence as a set of practices grounded in cultural understandings, even when the violence threatens the limits of those understandings. The authors scrutinize the representation of, and relationships between, different types of organized violence, as well as the implications of those activities, which can include the unexpected, such as violence as a means of determining and curing illness, and the use of violence in negotiation strategies.



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