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Pre-Columbian Foodways [electronic resource]: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica

John Edward Staller, Michael Carrasco, editors
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
New York : Springer, [2010]
Language
English
Variant Title
Precolumbian foodways
ISBN
9781441904713, 1441904719, 9781441904706, 1441904700
Summary
Offers an overview of food and feasting practices as well as ancient economies in Mesoamerica. This volume details ethnographic, epigraphic and isotopic evidence of these practices. It presents the metaphoric value of food in Mesoamerican symbolism, ritual, and mythology.
Contents
  • Ethnohistoric sources on foodways, feasts, and festivals in Mesoamerica / John E. Staller
  • Development or agriculture in prehistoric Mesoamerica : the linguistic evidence / Cecil H. Brown
  • Pastoral niche in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica / Jeffrey R. Parsons
  • Drink mescal : its origin and ritual uses / Mari Carmen Serra and Carlos Lazcano A.
  • Forming Mesoamerican taste : cacao consumption in formative period contexts / Rosemary A. Joyce and John S. Henderson
  • Salt production and trade in ancient Mesoamerica / Eduardo Williams
  • Dirt on food : ancient feasts and markets among the lowland Maya / Bruce H. Dahlin [and others]
  • An epigraphic analysis of classic-period Maya foodstuffs / Kerry Hull
  • Sweet cacao and sour atole : mixed drinks on classic Maya ceramic vases / Dmitri Beliaev, Albert Davletshin, and Alexandre Tokovinine
  • Prehistoric chronology of the common bean in the New World : the linguistic evidence / Cecil H. Brown
  • Death and chocolate : the significance of cacao offerings in ancient Maya tombs and caches at Copan, Honduras / Cameron L. McNeil
  • Feasting with foam : ceremonial drinks of cacao, maize, and pataxte cacao / Judith Strupp Green
  • Corn, colanders, and cooking : early maize processing in the Maya lowlands and its implications / rtDavid Cheetham
  • Potographies and biographies : the role of food in ritual and identity as seen through life histories of selected Maya pots and people / Linda Howie, Christine D. White, and Fred J. Longstaffe
  • Dietary diversity in the upper Belize River Valley : a zooarchaeological and isotopic perspective / Carolyn R. Freiwald
  • Power plants : paleobotanical evidence of rural feasting in late classic Belize / David J. Goldstein and Jon B. Hageman
  • Food and feasting in the Zona Maya of Quintana Roo / E.N. Anderson
  • All maize is not equal : maize variety choices and Mayan foodways in rural Yucatan, Mexico / John Tuxill [and others]
  • Maya foodways : a reflection of gender and ideology / Amber O'Connor
  • Axolotl as food and symbol in the basin of Mexico, from 1200 BC to today / Carolyn E. Tate
  • Topophilia : a tool for the demarcation of cultural microregions : the case of the Huaxteca / Lorenzo Ochoa
  • This world and beyond : food practices and the social order in Mayan religion / Brian Stross
  • Maize was their flesh : ritual feasting in the Maya highlands / Allen J. Christenson
  • From field to hearth : an earthly interpretation of Maya and other Mesoamerican creation myths / Michael D. Carrasco
  • Flesh of god : cosmology, food, and the origins of political power in ancient southeastern Mesoamerica / David Freidel and F. Kent Reilly III.
Description
1 online resource (xiii, 691 pages) : illustrations, maps
Notes
  • Volume originated from a session, "The Role of Sustenance in the Feasts, Festivals, Rituals and Every Day Life of Mesoamerica," held during the 40th annual Chacmool Conference, "Eat Drink and Be Merry : the Archaeology of Foodways," hosted by the Chacmool Archaeological Association and the University of Calgary, Dept. of Archaeology, Nov. 10-12, 2007, Calgary, Alta. Cf. p. 1.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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