Gender and Power in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Ebook Details

Authors

Rosemary A. Joyce

Year 2000
Pages 304
Publisher University of Texas Press
Language en
ISBN 9780292740655
File Size 12.37 MB
File Format PDF
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Gender was a fluid potential, not a fixed category, before the Spaniards came to Mesoamerica. Childhood training and ritual shaped, but did not set, adult gender, which could encompass third genders and alternative sexualities as well as "male" and "female." At the height of the Classic period, Maya rulers presented themselves as embodying the entire range of gender possibilities, from male through female, by wearing blended costumes and playing male and female roles in state ceremonies.