Commoner Ritual and Ideology in Ancient Mesoamerica
Were most commoners in ancient Mesoamerica poor? In a material
sense, yes, probably so. Were they poor in their beliefs and
culture? Certainly not, as Commoner Ritual and Ideology in
Ancient Mesoamerica demonstrates.
This volume explores the ritual life of Mesoamerica's common
citizens, inside and outside of the domestic sphere, from Formative
through Postclassic periods. Building from the premise that ritual
and ideological expression inhered at all levels of society in
Mesoamerica, the contributors demonstrate that ideology did not
emanate solely from exalted individuals and that commoner ritual
expression was not limited to household contexts. Taking an
empirical approach to this under-studied and under-theorized area,
contributors use material evidence to discover how commoner status
conditioned the expression of ideas and values.
Revealing complex social hierarchies that varied across time and
region, this volume offers theoretical approaches to commoner
ideology, religious practice, and sociopolitical organization and
builds a framework for future study of the correlation of ritual
and ideological expression with social position for
Mesoamericanists and archaeologists worldwide.
Subjects: Sociology, Archaeology
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