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The Apotheosis of Janaab' Pakal: Science, History, and Religion at Classic Maya Palenque (Mesoamerican Worlds) (Mesoamerican Worlds: From the Olmecs to the Danzantes)

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ISBN-13: 978-0870818660
ISBN-10: 087081866X
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"...[A] complex, carefully argued, and convincing reassessment of Maya archaeoastronomy, cosmology, and writing....This new analysis reveals the historically contextualized human agency of Maya kings and provides a more sophisticated description of the functions of Maya astronomers." -- C.C. Colb, National Endowment for the Humanities; CHOICE<br /><br />"Aldana has constructed an intriguing explanation for the invention, deployment, and historical associations of the 819 day count." -- Clemency Coggins, Journal of the History of Astronomy<br /><br />"The Apotheosis of Janaab' Pakal proposes original and provocative interpretations of some of the most important hieroglyphic texts of the Classic Maya [and] substantially enriches our understanding of the Maya elite intellectual culture by exploring the relationships between astronomical/mathematical lore and the mythic foundations of kingship at Palenque." -- Matthew Looper, Department of Art and Art History, California State University, Chico<br /><br />"[Aldana] uses novel techniques to combine ancient Maya mythology, astronumerology, science, astronomy, iconography, religion, and epigraphy to gain new insight into Classic Maya political and elite religious thought. . . . Aldana applies a history of science approach and convincingly places astronumerology in political, religious, and social context." --Grant Aylesworth, Department of Anthropology, University of New Brunswick

"I am very pleased to see an exegis of exactly how Maya calendars could be used and manipulated by rulers and their priests in what Aldana call an 'agency of science' for religious, dynasic, and political purposes." --Prudence M. Rice, American Anthropologist

About the Author

Gerardo Aldana is an assistant professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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Product Details

  • Series: Mesoamerican Worlds: From the Olmecs to the Danzantes
  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087081866X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870818660
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,095,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the most important book written about the astronomical and numerological basis for Maya calendars at Palenque. In depth analysis of history, politics, science and religion underlying the high Maya Classic culture and how Janaab Pakal and his son Kan Bahlam shaped new visions of astronumerology, re-casting the story of their dynasty and creating secret knowledge through the 819 day calendar and language of Zuyua. Brilliant interpretation of the "axing" or "chopping down" events that devastated Palenque in Pakal's childhood, and the intricate ritual process he undertook to reconstruct the portal to gods and ancestors destroyed in the attack. Aldana's interpretation and new readings of glyphs from the panels in the Temple of the Inscriptions bring a fresh, imaginative and exciting perspective on events that have long puzzled Mayanists. Highly recommend for anyone serious about getting an in-depth view of Maya culture and philosophy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DNA on December 25, 2011
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Geraldo Aldana has written a really important book to enable an understanding the Maya of Palenque, a real inspiration to me. [...]
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