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Transformarse en Maya: El modelado cefálico entre los mayas prehispánicos y coloniales

by Vera Tiesler

Artificial modification of infants' heads was a long-standing tradition in the ancient Maya world. Complicated procedures made babies' heads wide or narrow, long or high, spherical or two-lobed. The first part of this work explores the cultural meaning that cranial modification had for the ancient Maya. The role of the practice in daily ritual is discussed, as well as its role in the protection of children's health. In the second part of the volume, the general arguments on cranial modification anchor a study of almost two thousand skulls, from different time periods, sites, and Maya and nearby regions. A new formal taxonomy, adapted to the Maya area is presented. In Spanish.

Published by Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico, D.F.) and Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 2012. 245 pp. ISBN: 978-607-02-3215-2.

$55.00 (shipping included). Order code UN151.