Tsubasa OKOSHI
   Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of Hispanic Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Date 2018/11/15
Presentation Theme Space, time and social order (tzol): A study on the sociocultural functions of the Maní and Calkiní land titles
Conference Temporalities in Mesoamerican Rituals: Interndisciplinary Approaches
Conference Type International
Presentation Type Speech (Invitation/Special)
Contribution Type Individual
Details The Calkiní and Maní land titles are distinguished by the regular use of diverse signs such as full stops, commas, quotation marks, etc., which are indicators that determine the manner in which they should be read aloud. This work explores the possible meanings of their reading not only as an act of transmitting a geographic content but also as a ritual intended to maintain and reaffirm the social order (tzol) in the territories concerned. During the ritual, the titles, which were read out loud while making use of the various writing tools that dictate the rhythm and the intonation, acquired a special value: it was a question of reproducing in audio form the scene of the foundation of the territory, involving all of the listeners. Thus, the temporal dimension implicitly referred to in these titles is a critical subject to analyze in order to understand the sociocultural functions of these documents.