SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.44Excavations in Nakum Structure 99: New Data on Protoclassic Rituals and Precolumbian Maya BeekeepingDepósitos rituales arqueológicos del período Clásico en Campeche índice de autoresíndice de materiabúsqueda de artículos
Home Pagelista alfabética de revistas  

Servicios Personalizados




Links relacionados

  • No hay artículos similaresSimilares en SciELO


Estudios de cultura maya

versión impresa ISSN 0185-2574


SZYMAńSKI, Jan. Between Death and Divinity: Rethinking the Significance of Triadic Groups in Ancient Maya Culture. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2014, vol.44, pp.119-166. ISSN 0185-2574.

This paper aims to gather the most complete list of recorded Triadic Groups from the Maya Area, and subsequently analyze various aspects of their spatial and temporal occurrence, as well as their architecture, urban context, and iconography, in order to re-evaluate the existing theories and, possibly, arrive at a new one. The final conclusion states that both previously existing theories, namely those interpreting Triadic Groups as either earthly replicas of the Cosmic Hearth, or architectural stages for king's accession rituals, cannot be entirely dismissed. However, they demonstrate possible secondary functions and meanings of the Triadics, limited to a certain number of known triadic assemblages. A more general interpretation is introduced, according to which Triadic Groups can be perceived as architectural stages and replicas of the Flower Mountain at the specific moment of the Maize God's resurrection.

Palabras llave : triadic group; Maize God; Flower Mountain; maya architecture; specialized assemblages.

        · resumen en Español     · texto en Inglés     · Inglés ( pdf )


Creative Commons License Todo el contenido de esta revista, excepto dónde está identificado, está bajo una Licencia Creative Commons