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Ancestors at Copan and Quirigua: Acts of Remembrance


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Film Description:Acts of veneration for Maya royal ancestors at Classic Copan have rightfully received much attention in recent years. Equivalent acts at Classic Quirigua are less widely known. Dr. Wendy Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, University of California Riverside, reviews traditions for recalling ancestors in each place, from commemoration of famed 5th-century Copan dynasty founder K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' and his counterpart at Quirigua, to a pair of historically pivotal 8th-century kings Waxaklahun-Ub'ah-K'awil (sometimes known as "18 Rabbit") at Copan and the bold Quirigua lord who beheaded him in A.D. 738, K'ak' Tiliw' Chan Yo'at. The talk closes by recalling as well some more recent, deeply revered Mayanist ancestors.
Video Category:Lecture
Video Date:04/19/2013
Contributor: Wendy Ashmore
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