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Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica

Editor(s): Marc Levine ; David M Carballo

Year: 2014

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Departing from the political economy perspective taken by the vast majority of volumes devoted to Mesoamerican obsidian, Obsidian Reflections is an examination of obsidian's sociocultural dimensions—particularly in regard to Mesoamerican world view, religion, and belief systems.

Exploring the materiality of this volcanic glass rather than only its functionality, this book considers the interplay among people, obsidian, and meaning and how these relationships shaped patterns of procurement, exchange, and use. An international group of scholars hailing from Belize, France, Japan, Mexico, and the United States provides a variety of case studies from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. The authors draw on archaeological, iconographic, ethnographic, and ethnohistoric data to examine obsidian as a touchstone for cultural meaning, including references to sacrificial precepts, powerful deities, landscape, warfare, social relations, and fertility.

Obsidian Reflections underscores the necessity of understanding obsidian from within its cultural context—the perspective of the indigenous people of Mesoamerica. It will be of great interest to Mesoamericanists as well as students and scholars of lithic studies and material culture.

This resource is a sample of "Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.


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Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica. Marc Levine, David M Carballo. 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303: University Press of Colorado. 2014 ( tDAR id: 399133) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8RR20TM


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min long: -117.861; min lat: 5.091 ; max long: -59.766; max lat: 30.373 ;

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Contact(s): Beth Svinarich

Contributor(s): Kazuo Aoyama ; Ivonne Athie ; Jaime J. Awe ; Mónica Blanco García Méndez ; David M Carballo ; Véronique Darras ; Jesús Carlos Lazcano Arce ; Marc Levine ; John Monaghan ; William J. Parry ; Alejandro Pastrana ; Mari Carmen Serra Puche ; W. James Stemp

Permitting Agency(s): University Press of Colorado

Repository(s): University Press of Colorado


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General Note: This resource is a sample of "Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.


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