Feasting In Mesoamerica Analysis

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In this reading, Lisa LeCount discusses how feasting in Mesoamerica could display or reinforce political roles and rituals. Dr. LeCount is a Latin American archaeologist whose primary focus is in rituals like feasting; she examines how social and political practices are interconnected. Citing data collected at various sites, she constructs a timeline of how drinking chocolate evolved as a political act; based on vases from the Late Classic Maya, LeCount asserts that the act of drinking chocolate was primarily associated with elite events. Therefore, she concludes, drinking chocolate was a political act of communication between different parties; it could be to firmly establish an allegiance, or as general agreement between different people
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