In Rio de Janeiro, the spiritual home of world football, and
Buenos Aires, where a popular soccer club president was recently
elected mayor, the game is an integral part of national identity.
Using the football stadium as an illuminating cultural lens,
Temples of the Earthbound Gods examines many aspects
of urban culture that play out within these monumental
architectural forms, including spirituality, violence, rigid social
norms, anarchy, and also expressions of sexuality and gender.
Tracing the history of the game in Brazil and Argentina through
colonial influences as well as indigenous ball courts in Mayan,
Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec societies, Christopher Gaffney's
study spans both ancient and contemporary worlds, linking the
development of stadiums to urbanization and the consolidation of
nation building in two of Latin America's most intriguing
Subjects: Population Studies
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