The Rabbit on the Face of the Moon: Mythology in the Mesoamerican Tradition

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University of Utah Press, 1996 - History - 157 pages
"The Rabbit on the Face of the Moon is a collection of articles on mythology in the Mesoamerican tradition by Alfredo Lopez Austin, one of the foremost scholars of ancient Mesoamerican thought. Their span is diverse: myths and names, eclipses, stars, left and right, Mexica origins, Aztec incantations, animals, and the incorporation of Christian elements into the living mythologies of Mexico. The title essay relates the Mesoamerican myth explaining why there is a rabbit on the moon's face to a Buddhist image and suggests the importance of the profound mythical concepts presented by each image." "The eighteen pieces in this volume are unified by their basis in Mesoamerican tradition and provide a fascinating look into a system of milennia-old legends and beliefs."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Myths and Names
The Words of the Incantation
An Amazing Fruit

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Alfredo Lopez Austin is research associate at the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropologicas and professor at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

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