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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Contents

Background and Sources
3
Myths in PreColumbian Poetry
30
The Sacred Hymns
60
Lyric Poetry
76
Religious Celebrations and Drama
96
Chronicles and History
116
Other Forms of Prose 152
134
Native Chronicles of the Conquest 749
149
Bibliography 776
176
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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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