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Locke, N. (1963). The Early Maya: A Repressed Society. Am. Imago, 20(1):49-60.

(1963). American Imago, 20(1):49-60

The Early Maya: A Repressed Society

Norman Locke, Ph.D.

In a previous paper (7) the thesis was advanced that cultures earlier than ours might be found to parallel the psychosexual levels of the young child of today. In that paper a similarity was postulated between the ambivalent homosexual behavior of a three year old with that of a very rich and highly developed culture of 5000 years ago. With the same thesis in mind the writer visited Yucatan in 1959 to observe whether there were any indications among the ruins of the early Maya of their level of psychosexual development.

The early Maya territory includes what is now four states in Mexico — Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Chiapas — as well as Honduras, British Honduras, and Guatemala. As an estimate, there are about 150 sites, remains of early cities, in the state of Yucatan and about 125 in Campeche. In one site alone, Chicken Itza in Yucatan, there are some 200 buildings.

The lush names which these various buildings have been dubbed cannot help but prejudice the reader. For this reason the writer will use a letter to designate the building name and to identify the building further at the end of the study.

In all, the writer made nine trips: one to Kabah, one to Etzna, one to Dzibilchaltun, two trips to Chichen Itza, and four trips to Uxmal. Materials which illustrate the points that the writer is making have been taken not only from these sites, but also from Sayil and Labna although these ruins were not seen. The material has been organized and is presented by subject matter rather than by site although the relations between the two are obvious, as will be seen.

Mesoamerica is considered a cultural unity but there are variations among the people in terms of their manners and habits.

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