Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1986 - Literary Collections - 193 pages
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This volume presents ancient Mexican myths and sacred hymns, lyric poetry, rituals, drama, and various forms of prose, accompanied by informed criticism and comment. The selections come from the Aztecs, the Mayas, the Mixtecs and Zapotecs of Oaxaca, the Tarascans of Michoacan, the Otomís of central Mexico, and others. They have come down to us from inscriptions on stone, the codices, and accounts written, after the coming of Europeans, of oral traditions.

It is Miguel León-Portilla’s intention "to bring to contemporary readers an understanding of the marvelous world of symbolism which is the very substance of these early literatures." That he has succeeded is obvious to every reader.




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Background and Sources
Myths in PreColumbian Poetry
The Sacred Hymns
Lyric Poetry
Religious Celebrations and Drama
Chronicles and History
Other Forms of Prose 152
Native Chronicles of the Conquest 749
Bibliography 776

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Miguel Leon-Portilla, author of more than forty books including "Broken Spears", is the world's leading scholar on Mesoamerican literature. He lives in Mexico.

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