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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

Le tzompantli et le jeu de balle

Relation entre deux espaces rituels

£46.00
Author:
Emilie Ana Carreón Blaine
Publication Year:
2013
Language:
French
Paperback:
231pp, Includes 52 black and white plates
ISBN 10:
1407311654
ISBN:
9781407311654
BAR number:
S2545
Sub-series name:
Paris Monographs in American Archaeology, 32
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
Western values imposed on pre-Columbian practices are obstacles in the understanding of the relationship between the 'skull-rack' (tzompantli) and the 'ball-court'. The impact of a long-held interpretation which stems from the belief that in the ball-game the loser was beheaded is probed, once the activities related to both sacred spaces are surveyed, to examine the genesis of an unfounded proposal. The research shows it is the product of the reminiscence, particular to each epoch, that views the pre-Columbian world from its own conception of rituals and images, those related to games and sports; cannibalism and punishment.