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Like Water for Chocolate: Feasting and Political Ritual among the Late Classic Mays at Xunantunich, Belize
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Proquest Review
November 29, 2013
Sarah pagano
Chicano Studies 141A Fall 2013
November 29, 2013
Sarah pagano
Chicano Studies 141A Fall 2013

Like water for Chocolate: Feasting and Political Ritual among the Late Classic Maya at Xunantunich, Belize falseLeCount, Lisa J. American Anthropologist103.4 (Dec 2001): 935-953.

In the article “Like Water for Chocolate: Feasting and Political Ritual among the Maya at Xunantunich, Belize, author LeCount documents the various reasons behind the feasting traditions of the Maya and how these are linked to the political rituals and power of the Mayan people. LeCount uses the discovery of the pottery vessels and their uses in the feasts. LeCount also shows the importance of the types of food and drink served and the significant meaning behind these foods such as tamales and chocolate. LeCount references articles by several authors to compile her data and come to her conclusion about the importance of the meaning behind the food, pottery and different types of feasts whether they are for political, religious or social reasons. Archeologists have discovered that the Mayans have symbolic uses for their serving paraphernalia and the foods that are served in them. The Maya have elite and commoner living in Xunantunich, Belize. The architecture is the easiest way to determine the status of the Maya. The location and the sizes help us to know the social status of a community. El Castillo is a settlement and it was a primary site for rituals. This was a multi-level complex that was centered in the community. It is surrounded by other smaller settlements and it is within these settlements that the archaeologists uncovered the meanings of the pottery and were able…...

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