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By José Emilio Pacheco

Seven tales depict harsh realities of existence in city Mexico and the tragedies of early life innocence betrayed.

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By José Emilio Pacheco

Seven tales depict harsh realities of existence in city Mexico and the tragedies of early life innocence betrayed.

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Other extremities are the feet and legs. Here, as elsewhere, the Common Ch’olan word for “muscle” was *a’ (Kaufman and Norman 1984:115). ). Alternatively, these terms were patya or uutya, referring to “back of muscle” or “face of muscle”—the Ch’olti’ source by Francisco Morán is notoriously difficult to interpret in some of its spellings. ). ). ). The Ch’orti’ Maya distinguished between the properties of the thumb and big toe, and all other fingers and toes. A few of these terms or images of them make an appearance in the Classic period.

THE CLASSIC MAYA BODY 1997:315–316; Kelley 1976:55–57)? Were some colors, such as blue, valued more highly than others, as was the case in later European tradition and as seems likely among the Maya (Pastoureau 2001:49)? Did those values and the use of colors change through time (Baines 1985)? What role did cross-sensory stimulation, or synesthesia (Chapter 4), perform in triggering senses beyond the reception of color (J. Gage 1999:262–265)? In all likelihood, “blue” or “green” was associated in Maya thought with something fluid, and yet, in the case of jades, these two colors indicate hard-stone luster and preciousness (Saunders 2001:210–212).

There appear to have been two layers, especially when elaborate dance costumes were placed on the body. First came “underclothing,” worn at all times; second was an array of straps, jewelry, shells, capes, and belts that took the meaning of clothing to a different level. Most ponderous of all would have been the carved and feathered headdresses that must have presented great difficulties. A graffito from Caracol, Belize, shows a person balancing a headdress consisting of stacked masks; an assistant stands behind to provide a helpful hand (Fig.

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