May 17, 2016 - 8pm, Presentation
The Crown Was Held Above Him’: Revisiting a Classic Maya Coronation Ceremony
with Dr. Marc Zender, Tulane University
Ever since Stuart's decipherment of the hand-holding-celt sign as K’AL in the 1990s, epigraphers have grappled with the sign's meaning. Coupled with Stuart and Houston's demonstrations that the BAAH ‘gopher’ sign often functioned as a rebus for ‘head’ or even ‘self’, many epigraphers have come to translate a common Classic Mayan coronation phrase as k’ahlaj sakhuun tubaah, literally ‘the white headband is tied on his head’. This paper reconsiders this phrase in the light of new evidence drawn from epigraphic, linguistic, iconographic, and ethnohistoric sources.
How Bloody Were the Maya? Separating Fact from Fiction:
with Marta Barber
Religious rituals among the Maya covered many different themes. War, the right to be king and abundant food were among those practiced probably on a daily basis. Ancient monuments such as stelae and stone panels tells us of specific rituals limited to the elite in their pursuit of power. Many of these involved the perforation of the body to extract blood. When the Spaniards arrived, some of these rituals were still being practiced.
The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on mdc.edu or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.