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With the Protection of the Gods: An Interpretation of the Protector Figure in Classic Maya Iconography

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2012
Abstract/Description:
Iconography encapsulates the cultural knowledge of a civilization. The ancient Maya of Mesoamerica utilized iconography to express ideological beliefs, as well as political events and histories. An ideology heavily based on the presence of an Otherworld is visible in elaborate Maya iconography. Motifs and themes can be manipulated to convey different meanings based on context. An example of this mutability can be witnessed in the depiction of Otherworld gods. Maya gods were not like Old World pantheons; gods were fluid and could function in multiple roles. Protector gods are an example of the fluidity of Maya deities. Scenes of protector gods are closely related, indicative of a specific theme and meaning. This thesis aims to define a specific iconographic theme, centered around a (")protector,(") based on the similarities of the composition of each scene in the sample set of images found on monuments. In conjunction with archaeological evidence and epigraphy, I suggest the protector theme depicts deities in the role of a protector.
Title: With the Protection of the Gods: An Interpretation of the Protector Figure in Classic Maya Iconography.
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Name(s): Lindley, Tiffany, Author
Chase, Arlen, Committee Chair
Chase, Diane, Committee CoChair
Barber, Sarah, 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: Iconography encapsulates the cultural knowledge of a civilization. The ancient Maya of Mesoamerica utilized iconography to express ideological beliefs, as well as political events and histories. An ideology heavily based on the presence of an Otherworld is visible in elaborate Maya iconography. Motifs and themes can be manipulated to convey different meanings based on context. An example of this mutability can be witnessed in the depiction of Otherworld gods. Maya gods were not like Old World pantheons; gods were fluid and could function in multiple roles. Protector gods are an example of the fluidity of Maya deities. Scenes of protector gods are closely related, indicative of a specific theme and meaning. This thesis aims to define a specific iconographic theme, centered around a (")protector,(") based on the similarities of the composition of each scene in the sample set of images found on monuments. In conjunction with archaeological evidence and epigraphy, I suggest the protector theme depicts deities in the role of a protector.
Identifier: CFE0004220 (IID), ucf:49010 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Anthropology
Masters
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Subject(s): Maya -- Classic Period -- iconography -- protectors -- Tikal lintels
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004220
Restrictions on Access: public 2012-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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