Researches, Concerning the Institutions & Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America: With Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras!, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, J. Murray & H. Colburn, 1814 - Andes
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Page 163 - THE library of Paris possesses no original Mexican manuscripts, but It contains a valuable volume, in which a Spaniard, an inhabitant of New Spain, copied, either toward the end of the sixteenth century or the beginning of the seventeenth, a
Page 218 - a point, that the kings swore on their accession, never to permit it to be employed during their reign. Notwithstanding this difference, we find a very striking agreement in the length of the duration of the solar year. In reality the intercalation of the Mexicans, being thirteen days on each cycle of
Page 64 - disticha). The painting represents Coxcox in the midst of the water, lying in a bark. The mountain, the summit of which, crowned by a tree, • rises above the waters, is the Peak of Colhuacan, the Ararat of the Mexicans. The horn, which is represented on
Page 17 - world was plunged in darkness during the space of twenty-five years. Amid this profound obscurity, ten years before the appearance of the fifth sun, mankind was regenerated. The gods, at that period, for the fifth time, created a man and a woman. The day, on which the last sun appeare'd, bore the sign tochtli
Page 64 - The Noah, Xisuthrus, or Menou of these nations, is called Coxcox, Teo-Cipactli, or Tezpi. He saved himself conjointly with his wife, Xochiquetzal, in a bark, or, according to other traditions, on a raft of ahuahuete
Page 219 - and that of the five complementary days. As to the Mexicans, it would be superfluous to examine how they attained this knowledge; such a problem would not be soon resolved: but the fact of the intercalation of thirteen days every cycle, that is, the use of a year of
Page 65 - bird alone, returned, holding in its beak a branch covered with leaves; Tezpi, seeing that fresh verdure began to clothe the soil, quitted his bark near the mountain of
Page 194 - the Inca, one of the most useful and at the same time one of the most stupendous works ever executed by men, is still in good preservation
Page 218 - years, comes to the same thing as that of the Julian Calendar, which is one day in four years; and consequently Supposes the duration of the year to be 365 days six hours. Now such was the length of the year
Page 219 - is a proof, that it was either borrowed from the Egyptians, or that they had a common origin. It is also to be observed, that the year of the Peruvians is not solar, but regulated according to the course of the Moon, as among the Jews, the Greeks, the

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