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Author Miller, Arthur G., 1942-

Title The painted tombs of Oaxaca, Mexico : living with the dead / Arthur G. Miller ; with renderings by Felipe Dávalos.

Published Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  393.089976 MILL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvi, 292 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 27 cm.
Series RES monographs on anthropology and aesthetics
RES monographs in anthropology and aesthetics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-278) and indexes.
Contents 1. Monte Alban -- 2. Painting at Monte Alban -- 3. Venerated Ancestors at Monte Alban -- 4. Journey through the Underworld at Monte Alban -- 5. Funerary Painting Outside Monte Alban -- 6. The House of the Dead at Cerro de la Campana -- 7. Mitla.
Summary The Painted Tombs of Oaxaca, Mexico examines ancestor veneration and the mural paintings produced over a three-thousand-year period by the Zapotec, one of pre-Columbian America's most visually rich cultures. Providing an art-historical and technical analysis of Zapotec mural art as it appears in tombs and on temples, Arthur G. Miller then examines these powerful images from the vantage point of family and lineage rituals related to the cult of the dead. Among his contributions are strikingly new observations on tomb reuse and the repainting of mural programs. More than a definitive record of a fading pre-Columbian visual tradition, this is an interdisciplinary study of funerary practices. Miller cogently demonstrates that the Zapotec tombs were, in effect, made to satisfy the needs of the living. Moreover, he documents the religious and social continuities, as well as changes, between ancient and contemporary Zapotec communities.
Other author Dávalos, Felipe,
Subject Zapotec Indians -- Funeral customs and rites.
Zapotec painting.
Mural painting and decoration -- Mexico -- Oaxaca.
Ancestor worship -- Mexico -- Oaxaca.
Monte Albán Site (Mexico)
ISBN 0521451108