"The Dead are Fed with Fragrance": A study of Maya censers from the Guatemala highlands

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"The Dead are Fed with Fragrance": A study of Maya censers from the Guatemala highlands

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Title: "The Dead are Fed with Fragrance": A study of Maya censers from the Guatemala highlands
Author: Kurnick, Sarah
Advisor: Pavis, Richard
Department: Bryn Mawr College. Dept. of Anthropology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 865902 bytes102988 bytes
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: This study will analyze a collection of Maya censers collected by Robert Burkitt from the Guatemala highlands during the 1920s. It will describe the censers and compare them to censers excavated at other Mesoamerican sites. It will explain how they may have been produced, suggest how they may have been used, and offer an interpretation of their iconography. This study argues that the Burkitt censers in their use and in their iconography relate to themes of sacrifice, the underworld, and the crossing of boundaries. The censers thus provide information about the afterlife and the relationship between the living, the dead, and the divine.
Subject: Censers -- Guatemala
Subject: Guatemala -- Antiquities
Subject: Indians of Central America -- Folklore
Subject: Burkitt, Robert James, 1869-1945
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/614

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Kurnick, Sarah. ""The Dead are Fed with Fragrance": A study of Maya censers from the Guatemala highlands". 2006. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/614.

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