Ritual constructions of the Mesoamerican Underworldview in the Caves and Cavates of the Southern Mexican Highlands: an exploration of changing functions and meanings.
Author(s): Carlos Rincon Mautner
This presentation explores the diachronic significance and variety of ritual uses assigned to caves and cavates by the peoples who lived in what is now Southern Puebla and Northern Oaxaca, Mexico from the Archaic through the Early Colonial Periods. The existence of distinct ritual complexes for different time periods suggests changing functions and meanings, which are inferred from archaeological artifacts, parietal pictograms and petroglyphs for different caves, and documentary sources. These cave ritual complexes focused principally on cosmogonic, fertility/generative, propitiatory, mortuary and socio-political foundational themes. Caves also served to introduce Christianity to the native peoples.
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Ritual constructions of the Mesoamerican Underworldview in the Caves and Cavates of the Southern Mexican Highlands: an exploration of changing functions and meanings.. Carlos Rincon Mautner. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396887)
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