By Rex Koontz
El Tajín, an historic Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has lengthy been fashionable for its lovely pyramids and ballcourts adorned with vast sculptural courses. but the city's singularity because the basically middle within the area with one of these wealth of sculpture and positive structure has hindered makes an attempt to put it extra firmly within the context of Mesoamerican background. In Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents, Rex Koontz undertakes the 1st vast therapy of El Tajín's iconography in over thirty years, permitting us to view its imagery within the broader Mesoamerican context of emerging capitals and new elites in the course of a interval of basic old transformations.
Koontz makes a speciality of 3 significant architectural features—the Pyramid of the Niches/Central Plaza ensemble, the South Ballcourt, and the Mound of the development Columns complex—and investigates the meanings in their sculpture and the way those meanings could were skilled through particular audiences. Koontz reveals that the iconography of El Tajín finds a lot approximately how motifs and elite rites transforming into out of the vintage interval have been transmitted to later Mesoamerican peoples because the cultures situated on Teotihuacan and the Maya grew to become the myriad city-states of the Early Postclassic period.
By reexamining the iconography of sculptures lengthy within the list, in addition to introducing vital new monuments and contexts, Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents basically demonstrates El Tajín's various iconographic connections with different parts of Mesoamerica, whereas additionally exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands tradition whose outlines are just now rising. even as, it starts off to discover a mostly neglected neighborhood inventive tradition of which Tajín is the crowning achievement.
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