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Unformatted text preview: performance La Venta Stela 2 and quincunx imagery in headdress of ruler Stela = upright stone Kafra & La Venta Stela 2 are both statements of divine kingship La Venta Offering 4 cache or sacred deposit-the Stela is just a giant celt, theyre mini little statues found buried beneath the mosaic La Venta Altar 4 (throne)-axis mundi only one of the metaphors that rulers used to promote their supernatural authority-the notion of a cave as an entrance to another world-ruler is leaning forward so he is part-way out and part-way in the cave-building his political authority on a supernatural basis (divine sanction)-jaguar face, and giant open mouth (entering the supernatural is like entering the jaguars mouth -dangerous)...
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- Spring '08