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Mayan Rituals as Hegemonic Power
An examination of Mayan rituals as symbols of their quest for power.
# 141828 | 2,000 words | 5 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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The paper discusses how the Mayans perpetuated elaborate schemes ranging from costumes to buildings to demonic sacrificial ceremonies to building an underground ""road to hell"" in order to manifest their power.

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"The "classic" period of Mayan civilization is thought to have lasted from about A.D. 200 to A.D. 800. However, for 3,500 years Mayan civilization flourished in large areas of Central America, ending with the Spanish conquest. Archaeologists have long considered that institutionalized rituals were integral aspects of the elite's hegemonic designs particularized to the classic period, however cascading discoveries in recent years have suggested that the ancient Maya may have developed sophisticated rituals and institutions hundreds of years earlier than previously thought (Gugliotta, 2004, p. A-18)."

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