Lacandon Maya culture: Continuity and change

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This chapter covers the everyday lives of Lacandon Maya in Chiapas, Mexico, and Peten, Guatemala, and how they have changed over the last few centuries. Cross-cultural interaction has affected Lacandon lifeways in many ways, including population, settlements, social organization, economics, and religion. The study of the Lacandon Maya provides an interesting case study of how archaeological, historical, and ethnographic information converge for a larger and more complete perspective on social dynamics and material changes across time. Additionally, certain aspects of Lacandon culture can be analogs for analyzing past Maya behavior, including settlement types, subsistence strategies, social organization, indigenous technology, and religion. The information from the Lacandon is also important for understanding Maya commoners who have sustained Maya civilization for centuries, and not just elites as dominated in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Maya World
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781351029575
ISBN (Print)9781138492837
StatePublished - Jun 17 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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