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Ritual Use of the Human Form: A Contextual Analysis of the "Charlie Chaplin" Figure in the Maya Lowlands

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2012
Abstract/Description:
Small anthropomorphic figures, most often referred to as (")Charlie Chaplins,(") appear in ritual deposits throughout the ancient Maya sites of Belize during the late Preclassic and Early Classic Periods and later, throughout the Pet(&)#233;n region of Guatemala. Often these figures appear within similar cache assemblages and are carved from (")exotic(") materials such as shell or jade. This thesis examines the contexts in which these figures appear and considers the wider implications for commonly held ritual practices throughout the Maya lowlands during the Classic Period and the similarities between (")Charlie Chaplin(") figures and anthropomorphic figures found in ritual contexts outside of the Maya area.
Title: Ritual Use of the Human Form: A Contextual Analysis of the "Charlie Chaplin" Figure in the Maya Lowlands.
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Name(s): Lomitola, Lisa, Author
Chase, Arlen, Committee Chair
Barber, Sarah, Committee Member
Chase, Diane, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Small anthropomorphic figures, most often referred to as (")Charlie Chaplins,(") appear in ritual deposits throughout the ancient Maya sites of Belize during the late Preclassic and Early Classic Periods and later, throughout the Pet(&)#233;n region of Guatemala. Often these figures appear within similar cache assemblages and are carved from (")exotic(") materials such as shell or jade. This thesis examines the contexts in which these figures appear and considers the wider implications for commonly held ritual practices throughout the Maya lowlands during the Classic Period and the similarities between (")Charlie Chaplin(") figures and anthropomorphic figures found in ritual contexts outside of the Maya area.
Identifier: CFE0004402 (IID), ucf:49394 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-08-01
M.A.
Sciences, Anthropology
Masters
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Subject(s): Archaeology -- Ritual -- Ancient Maya
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004402
Restrictions on Access: public 2012-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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