The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction
This book presents a very short introduction to the Aztecs using interpretive tools from religious studies and anthropology to uncover the paradox of Aztec life; on the one hand a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry and philosophic rhetoric while on the other hand a people profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and warfare.
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center of the Aztec world
Aztlan cities peoples
3 Aztec expansion through conquest and trade
4 Cosmovision and human sacrifice
weavers of life and precious necklaces
6 Wordplay philosophy sculpture
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