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Žmogaus Kūno Vaizdavimo Estetika Mezoamerikos Civilizacijose
Human Body Aesthetics in Mesoamerican Civilizations

Author(s): Ginté Šerėnaitė
Subject(s): Aesthetics, Social Philosophy, Demography and human biology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Mesoamerica; sacrifice ritual; human body; cranial deformation; aesthetics;

Summary/Abstract: The paper discusses the unique aesthetic depiction of the human body in the Mesoamerican civilizations. The conceptual approach to the human body theories today serves as one of the fundamental measures to understand in-depth a culture itself and its aspects. With respect to Mesoamerica, such an outlook helps to understand social segments and their forms of interaction, the functionality between nature and an individual, and fundamentally to empathize with past experiences. The importance of the human body in the Mesoamerican civilizations is evidenced by skin decoration, bodily modifications, and deformation practices. These practices were not only for the aesthetic purposes but also for social designation of nobility, age, marital status.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 86
  • Page Range: 172-181
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Lithuanian