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Murdy, Carson N.

Published by Society for American Archaeology, Washington, D.C.
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pp861-871, figures. Removed from AMERICAN ANTIQUITY, JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY, Volume 46, Number 4, October, 1981. VG. May include a first or last copied page. Synopsis: "Although previous studies of Olmec iconography have correctly recognized the importance of the jaguar element and its conceptual origins in the shaman-jaguar transformation complex of beliefs, they have not explained why the Olmec expression of feline features should be different from their expression in other prehistoric American art styles sharing origins in the same complex of beliefs, nor why the Olmec chose to express them in the form of an infant were-jaguar, often held in the arms of a seated adult male. It is here suggested that the majority of the attributes of the were-jaguar motif can best be explained by analogy with the congenital deformities manifested and associated with multifactorial neural tube defects. The apparent fusion of the portrayal of these defects with the portrayal of feline elements suggests that the art style and religious beliefs were being manipulated for political reasons, which would be most likely in a chiefdom form of sociopolitical organization. Reasons for stylistic variation in the portrayal of the were-jaguar and its widespread distribution are discussed.". Bookseller Inventory # 09994

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Publisher: Society for American Archaeology, Washington, D.C.

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