33. Women's Ritual in Formative Oaxaca: Figure-making, Divination, Death and the Ancestors

Author(s): Joyce Marcus



This book covers divination, figurine-making, and women's ritual treatment of ancestors in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, from 1600 to 500 B.C. Women's ritual was distinguished from men's through excavation strategy: houses, dooryards, activity areas, features, middens and public buildings were excavated and studied as separate units, and context was used to link artifacts with women's domains. They were then interpreted using ethnographic and ethnohistoric data on women's ritual. Included are illustrations of more than 800 figurines or figurine parts. This monograph is Vol. 11 of the subseries Prehistory and Human Ecology of the Valley of Oaxaca.

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Publication Information:

Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Month of Publication: January

Year of Publication: 1998

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

# of Pages: 333

Additional Information:

Price: $25

ISBN: 978-0-915703-48-7

Monograph Series / Number: Memoirs, 33

Tables / Illustrations: 1 table, 372 illustr.