Native Mesoamerican Spirituality: Ancient Myths, Discourses, Stories, Doctrines, Hymns, Poems from the Aztec, Yucatec, Quiche-Maya and Other Sacred Traditions

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Miguel León Portilla
Paulist Press, 1980 - Religion - 300 pages
The most in-depth and scholarly panorama of Western spirituality ever attempted!

In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic and Native American traditions have been critically selected, translated and introduced by internationally recognized scholars and spiritual leaders.

The texts are first-rate, and the introductions are informative and reliable. The books will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of every literate religious persons". -- The Christian Century

 

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Contents

General Introduction
3
The Cultural Evolution of Mesoamerica
13
The Contrasted World in Which the Mesoamerican Classics of Spirituality Were Preserved and Enriched
27
The Texts Included in This Volume
35
The Documentary Sources and the Present Translation
55
THE ANCIENT WORLD
61
CREATION MYTHS
99
The Book of Counsel
101
About the Arts Inspired in the Toltec Legacy
210
What We Know about Our Gods
215
Songs of War
218
The Birth of Huitzilopochtll Patron God of the Aztecs
220
Songs about the Spanish Conquest
226
YucateoMaya Songs
230
The Creation of the TwentyDay Cycle
233
The Four Cosmic Trees
237

Divine Words Divine Songs
135
The Origins of the Mixtec People
145
THE STORY OF QUETZALCOATL
149
Another Much Briefer Account About Quetzalcoatl Our Prince
168
THE OFFICIAL DOGMA AND THE DOUBTS OF THE SAGES ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE
171
The Thought of the Sages
181
ANONYMOUS RELIGIOUS POETRY AND OTHER RELATED TEXTS
189
The Sacred Hymns
191
The Ideal Image of the Nahuatl Sage
200
About the Supreme Dual God
201
Icnocuicatl Songs of Reflection
204
About the Ancient Toltecs
207
THE POETRY OF NEZAHUALCOYOTL 14021472 AND OF OTHER PRIESTS AND SAGES KNOWN TO US
239
The Poetry of Nezahualcoyotl 14021472
241
Other Poems of Nezahualcoyotl
248
The Poem of Tlaltecatzin
254
Poems of Tochihuitzin
256
The Poems of Ayocuan
257
The Poem of Macuilxochitzin
259
A Poem of Tecayehuatzin
262
Flower and Song
264
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
INDEXES
287
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