Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1969 - 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
Native Chronicles of the Conquest
149
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Miguel León-Portilla (1926-2019) was an anthropologist and historian, specializing in Aztec culture and literature of the pre-Columbian and colonial eras.. León-Portilla studied at Loyola University and the National University of Mexico. La filosofía náhuatl: estudiada en sus fuentes, the Spanish version of this book, received high praise from both Mexican and American scholars.

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