Monte Alban – Are The Danzantes Evidence of an Epidemic?

Fig. 0271 – Danzante of Bearded Men

This Danzante looks as though it may once have been a cornerstone to a building. Although the style is quite typically Olmec, with oversized rubbery facial features, the two images are of very foreign looking people. In particular, the beard of the man on the right-hand side is very reminiscent of the ceremonial beard worn by Egyptian Pharaohs. This stone now sits at the south-eastern corner of the Building of the Danzantes and the farthest right of the collection of free standing Danzante slabs.