Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture)

By Sarah E. Jackson

In contemporary a long time, advances in decoding Maya hieroglyphic writing have given students new instruments for figuring out key elements of old Maya society. This book—the first finished exam of the Maya royal court—exemplifies the significance of those new resources. Authored by way of anthropologist Sarah E. Jackson and richly illustrated with drawings, pictures, and maps, Politics of the Maya Court makes use of hieroglyphic and iconographic facts to discover the composition and social importance of royal courts within the past due vintage interval (a.d. 600–900), with a different emphasis at the function of courtly elites.

As Jackson explains, the Maya zone of southern Mexico and vital the US was once now not a unified empire yet a loosely aggregated tradition quarter composed of self sufficient kingdoms. Royal courts had a presence in huge, imperative groups from Chiapas to Yucatan and the highlands of Guatemala and western Honduras. every one significant polity was once governed through a k’uhul ajaw, or holy lord, who embodied intertwined points of spiritual and political authority. The hieroglyphic texts that embellished partitions, furnishings, and conveyable goods in those facilities of energy offer particular information regarding the positions, roles, and meanings of the courts. Jackson makes use of those records as keys to realizing vintage Maya political hierarchy and, particularly, the establishment of the royal courtroom. inside this context, she investigates the lives of the the Aristocracy and the participation of elites in courtroom politics. through picking specific contributors and their existence tales, Jackson humanizes Maya society, displaying how occasions resulted from the activities and offerings of particular people.

Jackson’s leading edge portrayal of courtroom club offers a starting place for scholarship at the nature, services, and tasks of Maya royal courts.

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