Daily Life of the Aztecs

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ABC-CLIO, Jul 31, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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Utilizing insights from the discipline known as the history of religions, as well as new discoveries in archaeology, pictorial manuscripts, and ritual practices, Daily Life of the Aztecs, Second Edition weaves together a narrative describing life from the bottom of the Aztec social pyramid to its top. This new and surprising interpretation of the Aztecs puts a human face on an ancient people who created beautiful art and architecture, wrote beautiful poetry, and loved their children profoundly, while also making war and human sacrifice fundamental parts of their world.

The book describes the interaction between the material and the imaginative worlds of the Aztecs, offering insights into their communities, games, education, foodways, and arts, as well as the sacrificial rituals they performed. The authors also detail the evolution of the Aztec state and explores the continuity and changes in Aztec symbols, myths, and ritual practices into the present day.

 

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Contents

CEMANAHUAC THE LAND SURROUNDED BY WATER
1
THE WORLDVIEW OF BALANCE THE COSMIC TREE AND THE FOUR QUARTERS
41
MOUNTAINS OF WATER TENOCHTITLAN AND AZTEC COMMUNITIES
71
EDUCATION AND THE AZTEC LIFE CYCLE FROM BIRTH TO DEATH AND BEYOND
97
THE SOCIAL PYRAMID MAINTAINING YOUR PLACE AND THE WORLD
133
AZTEC AESTHETICS FLOWERS AND SONGS
167
WHERE THE JAGUARS ROAR AZTEC HUMAN SACRIFICE AS DEBT PAYMENT
191
THE TWO TONGUES THE AZTECS ENCOUNTER THE EUROPEANS
217
THE LONG EVENT OF AZTEC CULTURE
239
GLOSSARY
265
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
275
INDEX
283
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About the author (2011)

Dav d Carrasco is a Mexican-American historian of religions whose work on Aztec cosmology, cities, and ritual has forged new directions in the study of Mesoamerican cultures.

Scott Sessions is managing editor of the African-American Religion Documentary History Project and visiting lecturer in the religion department at Amherst College, Amherst, MA.