Maya Relations with the Material World



  • Like many other cultures in the Americas, the ancient Maya did not see the world in terms of a sharp distinction between active subjects and passive objects. Rather, material objects such as sculptures, trees, and houses each were not only seen as being alive, but potentially having some degree of personhood. This chapter explores the ways in which humans had strong social relations not just among themselves but among non-human actors. The chapter also considers the notion that objects might have agency and considers how such objects play into political strategies, the maintenance of authority, and the construction of identity.
  • Publication Date

  • June 17, 2020
  • Keywords

  • Social Science
  • International Standard Book Number (isbn) 10

  • 1351029568
  • International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9781351029568
  • Start Page

  • 424
  • End Page

  • 442