In the Beginning: Mayan Ceramics and Comparative Religion

Laurel Michelle Diciuccio


This research examines the Mayan tradition of ceramics, a fundamental part of their culture and daily life, as it relates to Mayan religion and their sacred text, the Popul Vuh. Connections are drawn and explored between the ceramic process, the Mayan creation narrative, Mayan religious and ceremonial practices, and the materials and tools used in each. Most previous research focuses on each of these topics in isolation, but this research seeks to unite them into one unified portrait of the Mayan way of life, much like the way ceramics marries art and utility.


Popol Vuh, Creation Myth, Ceramics

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