Daily Life of the Aztecs (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Jul 31, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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Utilizing insights from the discipline known as the history of religions, as well as new discoveries in archaeology, pictorial manuscripts, and ritual practices, Daily Life of the Aztecs, Second Edition weaves together a narrative describing life from the bottom of the Aztec social pyramid to its top. This new and surprising interpretation of the Aztecs puts a human face on an ancient people who created beautiful art and architecture, wrote beautiful poetry, and loved their children profoundly, while also making war and human sacrifice fundamental parts of their world.

The book describes the interaction between the material and the imaginative worlds of the Aztecs, offering insights into their communities, games, education, foodways, and arts, as well as the sacrificial rituals they performed. The authors also detail the evolution of the Aztec state and explores the continuity and changes in Aztec symbols, myths, and ritual practices into the present day.

  

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User Review  - StarofSophia - LibraryThing

I can't believe no one else has this book! It's very easy to read, and covers a broad scape of Aztec life before the Spaniards arrived. I did have to make one correction, but it was about the book Kon-Tiki rather then about the actual subject, and so is entirely forgivable. Read full review

Review: Daily Life of the Aztecs: People of the Sun and Earth

User Review  - Gabriel - Goodreads

Fascinating material. ok book. Not too rigorous... Read full review

Contents

CEMANAHUAC THE LAND SURROUNDED BY WATER
1
THE WORLDVIEW OF BALANCE THE COSMIC TREE AND THE FOUR QUARTERS
41
MOUNTAINS OF WATER TENOCHTITLAN AND AZTEC COMMUNITIES
71
EDUCATION AND THE AZTEC LIFE CYCLE FROM BIRTH TO DEATH AND BEYOND
97
THE SOCIAL PYRAMID MAINTAINING YOUR PLACE AND THE WORLD
133
AZTEC AESTHETICS FLOWERS AND SONGS
167
WHERE THE JAGUARS ROAR AZTEC HUMAN SACRIFICE AS DEBT PAYMENT
191
THE TWO TONGUES THE AZTECS ENCOUNTER THE EUROPEANS
217
THE LONG EVENT OF AZTEC CULTURE
239
GLOSSARY
265
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
275
INDEX
283
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About the author (2011)

SCOTT SESSIONS is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. He is also administrative assistant and researcher at the Moses Mesoamerican Archive (Princeton University), a researcher for the Afro-American Religion: A Documentary History Project (Amherst College), and development editor for the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures". He served as assistant editor for "Moctezuma's Mexico: World Visions of the Aztec World" (1992) and as a consultant for several documentaries and museum exhibits.