Daily Life of the Aztecs

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-07-31
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chronology of Central Mexicop. xi
Cemanahuac: The Land Surrounded by Waterp. 1
The Worldview of Balance: The Cosmic Tree and the Four Quartersp. 41
Mountains of Water: Tenochtitlan and Aztec Communitiesp. 71
Education and the Aztec Life Cycle: From Birth to Death and Beyondp. 97
The Social Pyramid: Maintaining Your Place and the Worldp. 133
Aztec Aesthetics: Flowers and Songsp. 167
Where the Jaguars Roar: Aztec Human Sacrifice as Debt Paymentp. 191
The Two Tongues: The Aztecs Encounter the Europeansp. 217
The Long Event of Aztec Culturep. 239
Glossaryp. 265
Selected Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 283
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