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8, 9, 10. ANIMALS (3/01, 3/03, 3/08) In the next section of the course, we will primarily be looking, not at formal kinds of symbolism like tropes but rather at kinds of symbolism based on what domains or fields in life they draw on. We will look primarily at animals and the human body, with glances at food, color, architecture, and place We will be concerned both with how we draw on those domains in order to make symbols about other things, but also how those things are themselves invested with meaning. Also, as we work through animal and body symbolism, we will also recognize some other symbolic forms or mechanisms like the three tropes Animals in Coclé polychrome pottery Ancient Panama is famous for two kinds of art, small gold pieces and polychrome pottery The polychrome pottery is most of all associated with the Sitio Conte, an archaeological dig in western Panama on the estate of Sr. Conte excavated in 1930s. Many of the designs on the pottery are of highly stylized animals and many of the excavated pots are associated with mass burials (See the illustration). To understand the symbolism of the animals, we cannot turn to ancient manuscripts or hieroglyphic writing, as is sometimes possible in ancient Mexico and Guatemala, because there are none in Panama An archaeologist, Olga Linares, deciphered some of the symbolism based purely on the distribution of the animals, which are included or excluded, and their place in the burials (“Animals That Were Bad to eat Were Good to Compete With” in Ritual and Symbol in Native Central America , P. Young & J. Howe, eds., U. of Oregon Anthropological Papers 9, 1976, pp. 1-20; 1977, Ecology and the Arts in Ancient Panama , Dumbarton Oaks.) We can do the same, with a little thought and work. Animal Motifs in Coclé Pottery
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Animals that are represented: stingrays, sharks, ticks, turtles, deer with antlers, frogs, worms, needlefish, crocodiles, jaguars, crabs, hawks, curassows (large forest birds with big crests) Q. So what do all the animals or some of the animals have in common? Not all same size, because range from crocodiles down to ticks; not in one genus or family. Several are dangerous to humans or even might eat them (sharks, rays, needlefish, crocodiles, big cats) Some are small but aggressive and/or pinch or sting (crabs, scorpions, ticks) Some are no danger to us but obvious predators (hawks, frigate birds) Some are poisonous or repellent (snakes, worms, frogs) (Some bright-colored tropical frogs highly poisonous) Animals that might be seen to have weapons (crabs, ticks) or hard parts, defensive (turtles, armadillos, crustaceans) Q. If we turn the question backwards, what sorts of animals are not there? No everyday food animals---even though lots of their bones found in these sites
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