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8907 - Relational Agencies in Central Mexico: Mountains and Celestial Bodies in Place and Time

Central Mexican archaeologists and ethnohistorians have long shown how diverse mountains and celestial bodies, through active interaction with human societies, served to shape experience and lives. The idea that Mesoamerican peoples appropriated landscapes, including the celestial vault, to turn them into potentially creative cultural products (artifacts) vital to their own identity formation is hardly a novelty in Mesoamerican studies. It is widely known that the Mesoamericans ascribed intentionality to many mountaintops, cliffs and rocks and a capacity to engender affective and emotional responses from communities living below the heavens. Prior to the adoption of the Western views of nature, conceived as a passive resource to be exploited and manipulated for human ends, there was a widespread belief in animated mountaintops, caves, rivers and lakes, celestial bodies, things and objects. The paper discusses human – landscape interactions in ancient and modern Central Mexico in light of recent theories of nonhuman agencies.

Palabras claves: Arqueologia del Paisaje, Paisaje relacional, Altiplano Central Mexico,

Autores: Iwaniszewski, Stanislaw (Museo Arqueologico Estatal, Poland / Polen)

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