In the southern Maya lowlands, rainfall supplied the first and, in a few parts, the one resource of water for individuals and vegetation. vintage Maya kings subsidized complicated public rituals that affirmed their shut ties to the supernatural global and their skill to intercede with deities and ancestors to make sure an sufficient quantity of rain, which used to be then kept to supply water in the course of the four-to-five-month dry season. so long as the rains got here, Maya kings provided their topics with water and exacted tribute in exertions and items in go back. but if the rains failed on the finish of the vintage interval (AD 850-950), the Maya rulers misplaced either their declare to supernatural strength and their temporal authority. Maya commoners persisted to supplicate gods and ancestors for rain in loved ones rituals, yet they stopped paying tribute to rulers whom the gods had forsaken.
In this paradigm-shifting ebook, Lisa Lucero investigates the relevant function of water and formality within the upward push, dominance, and fall of vintage Maya rulers. She files commoner, elite, and royal ritual histories within the southern Maya lowlands from the overdue Preclassic throughout the Terminal vintage classes to teach how elites and rulers won political strength throughout the public replication and elaboration of household-level rituals. whilst, Lucero demonstrates that political energy rested both on fabric stipulations that the Maya rulers might purely partly keep an eye on. delivering a brand new, extra nuanced knowing of those twin bases of strength, Lucero makes a compelling case for non secular and fabric components intermingling within the improvement and dying of Maya political complexity.
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