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New take on Mayan society

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 1:07 pm    Post subject: New take on Mayan society Reply with quote

Fascinating article that gives a new perspective on Mayan society. I think that is what fascinates me so much about different cultures, how different peoples interpret the world in many unique ways.

http://www.academia.edu/424579/Its_Good_to_Be_Queen_the_Role_of_Maya_Women_in_Ritual_Practice
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick google search throws up images of Mayan Kings clearly sporting beards on Copan statues and the Bonampak murals.

So they were definitely not trying to hide their maleness as this article seems to suggest and there was no 'gender fluidity' in that respect. Sure women may have held slightly more influence over the spiritual realm due to being revered for their menstrual cycle, but it seems the society mostly conformed to traditional gender roles seen anywhere else.

Sorry all this talk of feminism in the media cycle lately has led me on to some bizarre tangents.
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