Patron Gods and Patron Lords
The Semiotics of Classic Maya Community Cults by Joanne P. Baron

In the first comprehensive treatment of Classic Maya patron deity veneration, Joanne P. Baron demonstrates the central importance of patron deity cults in political relationships between both rulers and their subjects and among different Maya kingdoms. Weaving together evidence from inscriptions, images, and artifacts, Patron Gods and Patron Lords provides new insights into how the Classic Maya polity was organized and maintained.

Using semiotic theory, Baron draws on three bodies of evidence: ethnographies and manuscripts from Postclassic, Colonial, and modern Maya communities that connect patron saints to pre-Columbian patron gods; hieroglyphic texts from the Classic period that discuss patron deity veneration; and excavations from four patron deity temples at the site of La Corona, Guatemala. She shows how the Classic Maya used patron deity effigies, temples, and acts of devotion to negotiate group membership, social entitlements, and obligations between individuals and communities. She also explores the wider role of these processes in politics, arguing that rituals and discourses related to patron deities ultimately formulated Maya rulership as a locally oriented institution, which limited the ability of powerful kingdoms to create wider religious communities.

Applying a new theoretical approach for the archaeological study of ideology and power dynamics, Patron Gods and Patron Lords reveals an overlooked aspect of the belief system of Maya communities.

I think one thing that really sets ace attorney (and GT, but i wanna talk about AA right now) apart is how low the stakes are- and how much that show’s Phoenix’s inherent kindness. Now, let me clarify. I know the stakes in ace attorney are high. ESPECIALLY in cases where Maya or Edgeworth or Athena’s lives are on the line. But even in smaller cases where you defend random people, the stakes feel really high. And this is so different from other games of the genre. In other logic puzzle based games, the protagonist is usually either saving a whole town (professor Layton and the unwound future) or them self/their love interest (999). But in most of ace attorney, you are fighting to save random people. The stakes feel through the roof- and I think one of the clearest points of this is in Farewell my turnabout. Yes, Farewell my turnabout has Maya’s life on the line. but so is Adrian’s. the final choice you make, guilty or not guilty, is a choice between Maya and Adrian. in a lot of puzzle games, or regular games (looking at u 999) the choice would b obvious. But in farewell my turnabout the choice is painful to the point of feeling impossible.of all the people I’ve asked, I got about a 50/50 ratio of people who chose guilty ot people who chose not guilty. Even though one is an NPC making their first appreance, and one of your beloved companion for 2 games. But this choice is framed in the game as if neither choice is right. You have to decide wether you want to place the life of a completel stranger of Maya- but not only that, a lot of people do. becuase Ace Attorney is about helping the underdog. Ace Attorney is about being kind- about, despite his snark, Phoenix is an inherently kind character (and this makes his fall from glory so much more defeating) Ace attorney is about kindness- not just about Justice, or about thwarting evil, but about helping those who need it. I think Phoenix himself says is best in Bridge to the turnabout

“It’s only natural for living creatures to fight to protect their own lives. But what makes us human is that we fight for others. “

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lucaya and forced cuddles on a winter day bc the heater stopped working

It’s freezing, and she blames him.

The stupid radiator stopped working in their stupid apartment, and of course its so old, because no one even has radiators anymore, they have heat installed through homes. But them, Lucas and Maya, got stuck with a crappy old apartment that they can still hardly afford, despite the fact that it flat out sucks.

It’s his fault— “Let’s get this apartment! It’s so close to the university and the studio!”

Yes, she likes the fact that they don’t have to ride the subway and can just walk everywhere, but still, freaking stupid Lucas and his freaking stupid optimism— “Come on, what do you say? It’ll be all fun and cozy.”

So she said yes.

And now she totally regrets it. Even more then usual.

It’s smack dab in the middle of December and it’s the coldest day of the month, or so that’s what the weather channel forecasted. And their radiator decided to be a big bitch and stop working. Which it does often. But today? Really?

“Lucas!” Maya yells from her spot cuddled on the couch with four fleece blankets layered on top of her small frame, shivering despite the massive amount of layers.

“Yes, dear?” He rounds the corner and finds his wife close to looking an abominable snowman.

“Cuddle with me? Please?” Maya pouts, biting her lip softly, looking at Lucas with those puppy dog eyes that he adores so much.

“Of course.” Lucas walks over to her. “Holy shit, why is it so cold?”

She rolls her eyes.

“Because someone wanted to rent this crap hole, and someone didn’t want to pay to install a better heating system, and someone sucks!”

He sits next to her. “And I’m guessing I’m someone?”

Maya huffs and moves closer into his embrace.

“Yes, dear.” She mocks him. “You are.”

“It’s cold.” Lucas mumbles, ignoring Maya’s teasing.

“No shit, you- …you- dumb Sherlock.”