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By Rosemary A. Joyce

Gender used to be a fluid capability, now not a hard and fast class, sooner than the Spaniards got here to Mesoamerica. early life education and formality formed, yet didn't set, grownup gender, which can surround 3rd genders and substitute sexualities in addition to "male" and "female." on the peak of the vintage interval, Maya rulers offered themselves as embodying the complete variety of gender percentages, from male via lady, through donning mixed costumes and taking part in female and male roles in kingdom ceremonies.

This landmark ebook bargains the 1st entire description and research of gender and gear kinfolk in prehispanic Mesoamerica from the Formative interval Olmec international (ca. 1500-500 BC) in the course of the Postclassic Maya and Aztec societies of the 16th century advert. utilizing methods from modern gender conception, Rosemary Joyce explores how Mesoamericans created human pictures to symbolize idealized notions of what it intended to be female and male and to depict right gender roles. She then juxtaposes those pictures with archaeological proof from burials, condo websites, and physique adorns, which finds that genuine gender roles have been extra fluid and variable than the stereotyped pictures suggest.

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