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Were-Jaguars and Crocodilians: A Need to Redefine

Takkou-Neofytou, Richard; (2014) Were-Jaguars and Crocodilians: A Need to Redefine. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology , 24 , Article 25. 10.5334/pia.472. Green open access

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Abstract

The general consensus amongst scholars is that anthropomorphic and zoomorphic Formative art, usually associated with the Olmecs but extending to post-Columbian civilisations, are depictions of humans and/or jaguars known as were-jaguars (De La Fuente 2000: 258). More recently, there has been discussion concerning what is actually being depicted through this Mesoamerican art form. In this paper, I will argue that the art form is much more complex than first anticipated with motifs of different deities amalgamated into one depiction, thereby extolling ceremonial influence to other animals worshipped in a religion based on animism, whilst also looking critically at some anthropomorphic images of the jaguar.

Type: Article
Title: Were-Jaguars and Crocodilians: A Need to Redefine
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/pia.472
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/pia.472
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2014 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471063
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