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The Gifted Passage: Young Men in Classic Maya Art and Text

Stephen Houston
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9780300228960, 0300228961
Summary
Stephen Houston turns his attention to the crucial role of young males in Classic Maya society, drawing on evidence from art, writing, and material culture. This book establishes that adolescent men in Maya art were both subjects and makers of hieroglyphics, painted ceramics, and murals, posing broader questions about the construction of masculinity in Maya civilization. The political volatility of the Classic Maya period gave male adolescents valuable status as potential heirs, and many of the most precious surviving ceramics likely celebrated their coming-of-age rituals. The ardent hope was that youths would grow into effective kings and noblemen, capable of leadership in battle and service in royal courts. Aiming to shift mainstream conceptions of the Maya, Houston argues that adolescent men are not simply present in images and texts, but central to both.
Description
xi, 244 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-237) and index.
Technical Details
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