Cant Z506 by Decio Zorini

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What can be generalized from Geertz’s work is the conception of symbolic practice as a mode of rulership and domination. D. (1981) “Feudal Models for Classic Maya Civilization,” in W. ), Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns, pp. 335–50, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. M. (1994) Classic Maya Landscape in the Upper Usumacinta River Valley, unpublished Ph. D. thesis, Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary. Continuities and changes in Maya archaeology 40 Anaya Hernández, A. (2001) Site Interaction and Political Geography in the Upper Usumadnta Region during the Late Classic: A GIS Approach, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 994, Oxford: BAR.

Although somewhat dated, Claude Lévi-Strauss (1963:277–345) presents a valuable discussion of the interplay between cultures and cultural models. 2. For readers interested in the poltical organization of other periods or other portions of the Maya area, we refer them to the following: Carmack (1981); Chase and Rice (1985); de Landa (1978); Farriss (1984); Hill (1998); Jones (1998); Masson (2001); Recinos (1999); Restall (1998); Robinson (1998); Sachse (2001); Tedlock (1985). 3. Galactic polity (see Tambiah 1976) and theater state (see Geertz 1980) are often used interchangeably in Maya studies to describe the similarity between Maya and Southeast Asian polities (see Demarest 1992).

In so doing, Maya archaeologists can draw from and contribute to discussions of political processes in all complex societies, while maintaining a clear perspective on the unique historical development of kingship and polities in the Classic period. Notes 1. Although somewhat dated, Claude Lévi-Strauss (1963:277–345) presents a valuable discussion of the interplay between cultures and cultural models. 2. For readers interested in the poltical organization of other periods or other portions of the Maya area, we refer them to the following: Carmack (1981); Chase and Rice (1985); de Landa (1978); Farriss (1984); Hill (1998); Jones (1998); Masson (2001); Recinos (1999); Restall (1998); Robinson (1998); Sachse (2001); Tedlock (1985).

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