Blood and Beauty
Organized Violence in the Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica and Central America
Edited by Rex Koontz and Heather Orr
Series: Ideas, Debates, and Perspectives
Warfare, ritual human sacrifice, and the rubber ballgame have been the traditional categories through which scholars have examined organized violence in the artistic and material records of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. This volume expands those traditional categories to include such concerns as gladiatorial-like boxing combats, investiture rites, trophy-head taking and display, dark shamanism, and the subjective pain inherent in acts of violence. Each author examines organized violence as a set of practices grounded in cultural understandings, even when the violence threatens the limits of those understandings. The authors scrutinize the representation of, and relationships between, different types of organized violence, as well as the implications of those activities, which can include the unexpected, such as violence as a means of determining and curing illness, and the use of violence in negotiation strategies.
Heather Orr is professor of art history at Western State College of Colorado. Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Houston.
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Ideas, Debates, and Perspectives
- Blood and Beauty - Organized Violence in the Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica and Central America
- Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC) - The Archaeological Evidence
- Classic Maya Political Ecology - Resource Management, Class Histories, and Political Change in Northwestern Belize
- Empires and Diversity - On the Crossroads of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History
- Information and Its Role in Hunter-Gatherer Bands
- Settlement and Society - Essays Dedicated to Robert McCormick Adams
- Settlement, Subsistence, and Social Complexity - Essays Honoring the Legacy of Jeffrey R. Parsons
- Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology - Vocabulary, Symbols, and Legacy