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According to an ancient myth, the creators had a ﬁght during which they broke dishes, and from every shard that hit the ground a new dual divinity sprang up. While some Mexicanists have inferred that this legend was used to explain the multiplicity of gods, it mainly illustrates how the prime duality in its turn engenders dualities (Garibay, 1973, p. 25). Life/death is another example of the duality that pervades the Mesoamerican cosmos. That life and death are but two aspects of the same reality is dramatically expressed by a type of ﬁgurine from Tlatilco with a human head that is half living face and half skull.
Its roots in the mind-body (or spirit-matter) split inherited from the all pervasive classic traditions of thought proves to be more of a hindrance than help in elucidating gender in Mesoamerica (Marcos, 1996, p. 3). ” In her archaeological Mesoamerican studies, Joyce conﬁrms that gender is deﬁned by what people do, and is thus a performance. She insists that, “as performance, gender is a way of being in the world” (p. 7). If we now turn to the primary sources and to the archaeological evidences in search of an “epochal” concept of gender, we ﬁnd that it is inseparable from the following characteristics of the ancestral Mesoamerican duality: • mutual openness of categories • ﬂuidity between poles • absence of hierarchical stratiﬁcation between these poles Hence a gender theory true to Mesoamerican sources must be open, ﬂuid, and nonstratiﬁed if it is to embrace the distinctive ﬂuidity and mobility of Mesoamerican pairs of opposites.
Une perspective anthropologique sur l’idéologie moderne. Paris: Seuil, 1983, p. 245: “[As] I was saying to you concerning India, the distinctions are many, ﬂuid and ﬂexible, they run by themselves independently in a web of reduced density; likewise, they are variously accented according to situations, appearing at times in the forefront, at other times almost vanishing in the background. ” (Author’s translations) 26 chapter two day, his/her tonalli (the body’s principal animating force or entity, see chapter 6) would acquire positive tendencies and inclinations.