Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage: From Theotihuacan to the Aztecs

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado

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For more than a millennium the great Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan (c. 150 B.C.-A.D. 750) has been imagined and reimagined by a host of subsequent cultures including our own. Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage engages the subject of the unity and diversity of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica by focusing on the classic heritage of this ancient city. This new volume is the product of several years of research by members of Princeton University's Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project and Mexico's Proyecto Teotihuacan. Offering a variety of disciplinary perspectives -- including the history of religions, anthropology, archaeology, and art history -- and a wealth of new data, Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage examines Teotihuacan's rippling influence across Mesoamerican time and space, including important patterns of continuity and change, and its relationships, both historical and symbolic, with Tenochtitlan, Cholula, and various Mayan communities. The contributors to Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage offer a wide range of individual interpretations, but they agree that Teotihuacan, more than any other pre-Hispanic center, was a paradigmatic source that informed the art and architecture, cosmology and ritual life, and conceptions of urbanism and political authority for significant parts of the Mesoamerican world. This great city achieved the prestige of being the site of the creation of the cosmos and of effective social and political space in Mesoamerica through its capacity to symbolize, perform, and export its imperial authority. These essays reveal the different ways in which Teotihuacan's classic heritage both fed and fed on the dynamic interactivity of the entire area. Whether a paradigmshift in Mesoamerican studies is taking place, certainly a new contextual understanding of Teotihuacan and the diversities and unities of Mesoamerica is emerging in these pages.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Reimagining the Classic Heritage in Mesoamerica: Continuities and Fractures in Time, Space, and Scholarship 1(20)
David Carrasco
Lindsay Jones
Scott Sessions
PART I: The Paradigm Shifts in Mesoamerican Studies
The Myth and Reality of Zuyua: The Feathered Serpent and Mesoamerican Transformations from the Classic to the Postclassic
Alfredo Lopez Austin
Leonardo Lopez Lujan
PART II: Classic Teotihuacan in the Context of Mesoamerican Time and History
The Construction of the Underworld in Central Mexico
Linda Manzanilla
Teotihuacan as an Origin for Postclassic Feathered Serpent Symbolism
Saburo Sugiyama
The Iconography of the Feathered Serpent in Late Postclassic Central Mexico
H. B. Nicholson
From Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan: City Planning, Caves, and Streams of Red and Blue Waters
Doris Heyden
From Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan: Their Great Temples
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
Teotihuacan Cultural Traditions Transmitted into the Postclassic According to Recent Excavations
Ruben Cabrera Castro
The 9-Xi Vase: A Classic Thin Orange Vessel Found at Tenochtitlan
Leonardo Lopez Lujan
Hector Neff
Saburo Sugiyama
PART III: Classic Teotihuacan in the Context of Mesoamerican Space and Sacred Geography
Out of Teotihuacan: Origins of the Celestial Canon in Mesoamerica
Anthony F. Aveni
The Turquoise Hearth: Fire, Self-Sacrifice, and the Central Mexican Cult of War
Karl Taube
Tollan Chollan and the Legacy of Legitimacy During the Classic-Postclassic Transition
Geoffrey G. McCafferty
PART IV: Classic Teotihuacan in the Context of Mesoamerican Scholarship and Intellectual History
Venerable Place of Beginnings: The Aztec Understanding of Teotihuacan
Elizabeth H. Boone
Calendrics and Ritual Landscape at Teotihuacan: Themes of Continuity in Mesoamerican ``Cosmovision''
Johanna Broda
Teotihuacan and the Maya: A Classic Heritage
William L. Fash
Barbara W. Fash
``The Arrival of Strangers'': Teotihuacan and Tollan in Classic Maya History
David Stuart
Parallel Consumptive Cosmologies
Philip P. Arnold
Editors and Contributors 523(4)
Index 527

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