Both before and after the Spanish invasion, steam baths in Mesoamerican households have been used for a variety of hygienic, medicinal, and ritual activities, especially involving women in late stages of pregnancy, new mothers, and infants.
Pre-Columbian imagery and archaeological remains of elaborate steambaths in public spaces point to functions and meanings that did not survive the Spanish invasion. Ancient Mesoamerican politicians made effective use of steambath symbolism, along with closely related ideas about caves, to bolster and legitimize their power.
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