Uk’ay Ajbuj

Otherworldly Owls in the Mundo Maya

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Abstract

Worldwide, owls are considered to be mysterious creatures that are regularly associated with darkness, death, and negative auguries, and the Maya area is not an exception. However, the relationship between men and owls appears to be somewhat ambiguous, as owls are occasionally attributed with positive connotations, especially among hunters. Ancient Maya relationship with owls appears to be reflected in modern beliefs, as is evident from linguistic and iconographic sources. However, as regards epigraphy, although Mayan languages abound terms for different types of owls, only a handful of these appear in the written sources. In addition, representations of owls in Maya writing and iconography share some common features with other traditions in Mesoamerica, as well as the rest of the world.
Original languageEnglish
JournalContributions in New World Archaeology
Volume10
Pages (from-to)113-148
Number of pages36
ISSN2299-9434
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventCracow Maya Conference - Kraków, Poland
Duration: 19 Feb 201522 Feb 2015
Conference number: 4

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Uk’ay Ajbuj : Otherworldly Owls in the Mundo Maya. / Kettunen, Harri.

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