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Unformatted text preview: -shamans depicted with batwings because bats are liminal (in between)-bats are different/mysterious because they are nocturnal and go against the norm -shamans are liminal people-one foot in spirit world and one in human world-this is why they are depicted with animal features-the animals are usually jaguars/bats/harpys/palm vipers-Olmec Quetzal Bird-beautiful iridescent green tail feathers-tail feathers are incredibly desirable trade items-green color suggests sprouting corn as well as royalty and shamanism-Olmec palm viper-Shaman transformation animal-fast acting poison-most often lives in trees and attacks from above-liminal creature; not just physically dangerous but in wrong place for snake-scaly eyebrows often depicted-Olmec Shamans only transform into Jaguars, Harpy Eagles, and Palm Vipers...
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- Fall '11