Art 55b Week 5 Notes

Art 55b Week 5 Notes - Laura Madeo April 23, 2011 Helen...

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Laura Madeo April 23, 2011 Helen Ellis T.A. Article Summaries/Notes for Week 5 Death and the Journey Through Xibalba -Depictions on objects of all types treat the whole processes of death from the soul’s entrance into the Maya Hell (Xibalba) to a final apotheosis or rebirth they believed in. -Death’s special imagery is found on coffins, wall paintings, pottery, jades, and other jewelries. These objects helped the Mayan guide them through their confrontation with the Lords of the Death. -If a king died, the danger to society was greater than when a commoner died. Since the king was the stabilizing instrument of both the natural and supernatural world, his people were in danger until a new king was picked. -Rituals were designed for contacting the dead. Much of the pottery found in Mayan tombs were made to accompany the soul on its journey. -Myth of the Hero Twins who defeated the Lords of Death. Their story reveals the Maya concept of the progress of the soul after life and provide instructions for defeated death and achieving rebirth. At the end of the story, the twins rise into the heavens, where the sun belongs to one twin and the moon to the other. The myth also serves as a forewarning
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This note was uploaded on 06/03/2011 for the course AH 55B taught by Professor Klein during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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