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Living Room Lecture: Ancient Maya Cave Rituals #548187
02/15/21 03:03 PM
02/15/21 03:03 PM
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Event by San Diego Archaeological Center
Online Event
Thursday at 6:30 PM PST – 8 PM PST
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

The ancient Maya are perhaps best known for their jungle-covered cities with large plazas and grand temples standing taller than the forests encasing them. These built places are often depicted as the settings of elaborate state rituals where elites would perform their ceremonial duties in front of the masses. Yet important rituals were not performed only in cities. Archaeological research over the last few decades has come to reveal that caves and cave-like spaces were among the most potent and important places for ritual performances by the ancient Maya. They were the places where the ancestors originally emerged from and where they returned to after their passing. They were also portals to where powerful Earth forces, particularly the rain deity, could be ritually accessed and negotiated with. In this talk, Dr. Jon Spenard will discuss his ongoing cave ritual research in Belize with a particular focus on understanding the relationship between cave rituals and the ancient Maya collapse.

This event will be held on Zoom. We have increased capacity for this event due to high interest.
Cost: Pay what you wish

More info and registration at https://sandiegoarchaeology.org/maya/

About the Presenter

Dr. Jon Spenard is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cal State San Marcos. His current project, the Rio Frio Regional Archaeological Project (RiFRAP), is an investigation of settlement and ritual caves sites in a largely unstudied area of central Belize. With over twenty years of experience in the Maya world, Dr. Spenard has also conducted research elsewhere in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico for his graduate degrees.

Re: Living Room Lecture: Ancient Maya Cave Rituals [Re: Marty] #548253
02/18/21 08:44 AM
02/18/21 08:44 AM
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