Previous research established the prevalence of cardinal directions in Maya thought and worldview as evidenced in architecture, settlement patterns, calendrical systems, and certain functions of the gods. However, the possible association of the cardinal directions and Maya burial practices has not been studied. Thus, this research investigated the use of the cardinal directions in Maya burial practices, to establish their function as determinants in the placement of the body. Data was analyzed from the Maya sites of K'axob, Belize, and Gordon Phase, Rural Copán, and Group 9N-8 at Copán, Honduras. Initial hypotheses proposed that the use of cardinal directionality in placement of the body in burial would be established through this study, and that primary emphasis would be on the directions of North and West. However, results of this study revealed that primary emphasis was on South, North and West, with the Southern direction unexpected.
|School:||University of Houston|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||MAI 45/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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