• Temples Of The Earthbound Gods

Temples Of The Earthbound Gods

Temples Of The Earthbound Gods

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  • Author
    Christopher Thomas Gaffney
  • Publisher
    University Of Texas Press
  • Publication date
    01 January 2010

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Temples Of The Earthbound Gods

  • Author

    Christopher Thomas Gaffney

  • Date Published

    01 January 2010

  • Publisher

    University Of Texas Press

  • Pages

    285 pages

  • ISBN

    9780292781856

Book Description

In Rio de Janeiro, the spiritual home of world football, and Buenos Aires, where a popular soccer club president was recently elected mayor, the game is an integral part of national identity. Using the football stadium as an illuminating cultural lens, Temples of the Earthbound Gods examines many aspects of urban culture that play out within these monumental architectural forms, including spirituality, violence, rigid social norms, anarchy, and also expressions of sexuality and gender.

Tracing the history of the game in Brazil and Argentina through colonial influences as well as indigenous ball courts in Mayan, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec societies, Christopher Gaffney's study spans both ancient and contemporary worlds, linking the development of stadiums to urbanization and the consolidation of nation building in two of Latin America's most intriguing megacities.

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