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Mummies and Mortuary Monuments

Isbell, William H.

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ISBN 10: 0292738706 / ISBN 13: 9780292738706
Editore: University of Texas, Austin, 1997
Condizione: Near Fine Rilegato
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If you collect mis-bound books - this one is for you. the first 12 pages are missing. Actually pages from another book are bound in. From the evidence the missing part is introduction only. Things actually get rolling on page 38 where the chapter deals with "Royal Mummies . ." 371 pages with both biblio and INDEX. Plenty of b/w maps, drawings and photographs complement text. Read more about : Collasuyu, panaca, Cajamarca, and Orientations of Open Sepulcher Entrances. Cond : apart from flaw prev. mentioned rthe volume is tight bright clean and square in all respects. D.J. same. Endpapers are white Quote (p. 143) : " Nonetheless, Father Cobo's division of tombs into those above ground and those excavated into the soil is a point of departure for differentiating open sepulchers from graves in which the dead are removes from the living. I suggest that ._._._. .". Codice inventario libreria 007750

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Titolo: Mummies and Mortuary Monuments

Casa editrice: University of Texas, Austin

Data di pubblicazione: 1997

Legatura: Hardcover

Illustratore: B/W Drawings and Photographs

Condizione libro: Near Fine

Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine

Edizione: First Edition

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Since prehistoric times, Andean societies have been organized around the ayllu, a grouping of real or ceremonial kinspeople who share labor, resources, and ritual obligations. Many Andean scholars believe that the ayllu is as ancient as Andean culture itself, possibly dating back as far as 6000 B.C., and that it arose to alleviate the hardships of farming in the mountainous Andean environment. In this boldly revisionist book, however, William Isbell persuasively argues that the ayllu developed during the latter half of the Early Intermediate Period (around A.D. 200) as a means of resistance to the process of state formation. Drawing on archaeological evidence, as well as records of Inca life taken from the chroniclers, Isbell asserts that prehistoric ayllus were organized around the veneration of deceased ancestors, whose mummified bodies were housed in open sepulchers, or chullpas, where they could be visited by descendants seeking approval and favors. By charting the temporal and spatial distribution of chullpa ruins, Isbell offers a convincing new explanation of where, when, and why the ayllu developed.

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