Daily Life of the Aztecs

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-07-30
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

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Examine the fascinating and often controversial details of the daily lives of the ancient Aztecs through this innovative study written from the perspective of the history of religions. The Aztec people come to life for students, teachers, and interested readers through the exploration of the ceremonial character of their social and symbolic imagination. Insights into the communities they created, the games they played, the education they received, the foods they harvested, and the songs they sang, as well as the sacrificial rituals they performed, enable the reader to gain a better understanding of this complicated culture. The Aztecs organized their society as a microcosm of the cosmos that intricately linked all aspects of their daily lives to the natural and supernatural world. Carrasco explores the details of the Aztecs' lives and provides an in-depth look at all of these connections to help the reader comprehend the complexity of this ancient culture: The Aztec calendar, Aztec religion and myths, Aztec marketplace, Aztec art and architecture, Aztec war, and autosacrifice and sacrifice are just some topics among the vast number that are colorfully presented. Actual Aztec poems and riddles scattered throughout the text, provide an even deeper understanding of their world view. Carrasco also examines the Aztecs' violent encounter with Europeans and illustrates the long-term significance of colonialism and Aztec culture reflected in modern-day Mexican and Mexican American imaginations.

Author Biography

DAVID CARRASCO is the Director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Professor of History of Religions at Princeton University.SCOTT SESSIONS is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Chronology of Central Mexico<BR>
Cemanahuac: The Land Surrounded by Water<BR>
The World View of Balance: The Cosmic Tree and the Four Quarters<BR>
Mountains of Water: Tenochtitlan and Aztec Communities<BR>
Education and the Aztec Life Cycle: From Birth to Death and Beyond<BR>
The Social Pyramid: Maintaining Your Place and the World<BR>
Aztec Aesthetics: Flowers and Songs<BR>
Where the Jaguars Roar: Aztec Human Sacrifice as Debt Payment<BR>
The Two Tongues: The Aztecs Encounter the Europeans<BR>
The Long Event of Aztec Culture<BR>
Selected Bibliography<BR>

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