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Animate Shadows of Bears and Giants  

Kevin Conti and William Walker

This chapter explores the performance of light and shadows in two ancestral Pueblo rock art sites in southeast Utah. These sites possess anthropomorphic rock faces and modified features to ... More

Aztec Domestic Ritual  

Lisa Overholtzer

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Ethnohistoric evidence emphasizes the role of women in ritualized Aztec household practices and religion that were concerned not only with household maintenance or fertility but also with ... More

The Aztec Ritual Landscape  

Leon Garcia Garagarza

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
This chapter analyzes the basic features of the Aztec ritual landscape as a historical construct that legitimized the social order and provided the models of territorial legitimacy and ... More

The Aztecs and the Catholic Church  

Louise M. Burkhart

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Under Spanish rule, Nahuas underwent evangelization by friars of the Mendicant orders. Most people accepted baptism and learned at least basic Roman Catholic doctrine. To stay in power, ... More

Bodies Revealed: X-ray Art in Western Arnhem Land  

Luke Taylor

This chapter examines X-ray art in western Arnhem Land in northern Australia, considering how relatively contemporary artists used it to enrich the meaning of their work. After discussing ... More

The Chacoan World: Light and Shadow, Stone and Sky  

Ruth Van Dyke

In the southwest United States, high altitudes, open vistas, and cloudless skies create a visual atmosphere where the light is legendary. I focus on the role of light for the people of ... More

Constructing the Invisible: Light and Darkness in the Topography of Hades  

Athanasia Zografou

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Oct 2017
In ancient Greek thought, Hades constitutes, inter alia, the incarnation of the invisible— an apparent contradiction of efforts to represent the dark kingdom of the lord of dead. After a ... More

Creation and Cosmology: Gods and Mythic Origins in Ancient Mesoamerica  

Karl A. Taube

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses gods and mythic origins in ancient Mesoamerican thought. In ancient Mesoamerican thought, the creation and maintenance of the ordered world was only achieved through ... More

Darkness and the Imagination: The Role of Environment in the Development of Spiritual Beliefs  

Holley Moyes, Lillian Rigoli, Stephanie Huette, Daniel R. Montello, Teenie Matlock, and Michael J. Spivey

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Aug 2017
Darkness has profound effects on human behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. It can influence our ability to function, our moods, emotions, and cognition. Here we ... More

Death  

Timothy Taylor

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
Death is a broader subject within the archaeology of ritual and religion than recognizable funerary rites. The intersect between death and belief has resulted in many of the most ... More

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