Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind Miguel Leon- Portilla, author of more than forty books including “Broken Spears”, is the world’s . During that long span of time a cultural evolution took place which saw a high development of the arts and literature, the formulation of complex Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. By Miguel León Portilla. Aztec Thought and Culture a Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. Translated From the Spanish by Jack Emory Davis. Miguel León-Portilla. University of.
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The rich docu For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing civilization in central Mexico.
Aztec Thought and Culture by Leon-Portilla, Miguel
And the book contains some excellent translations of the deeply profound work of Texcoco’s favorite son, Nezahualcoyotl: Contents The Birth of Philosophy among the Nahuas. This inability to question his own presuppositions is a serious defect in an otherwise bold, important book.
Selected pages Title Page. His monotheizing reduction of the Nahua pantheon means that he removes the content of Nahua thought and leaves only the form, if that. Jack Emory Davisassociate professor of Romance languages at the University of Arizona, prepared the original translation.
I read this book for a course I took on the history of ancient mesoamerica. On the whole, it presents a well-rounded understanding of the philosophy of these people, the more enlightened aspects of which are generally ignored in popular imagery and mythos of the Aztecs. The Sun of the Second Age opposite page.
This line sets the tone for the rest of the book.
Thoubht with Twin Screw H. The authors seems to try and slant his explanations towards a monotheist vision of the Nahua though at time his texts seem to argue otherwise.
The authors historicize their source materials, clarify their own positionality, and offer etymological interpretations of the Nahu Aztec Thought and Culture provides a useful introduction to and overview of Nahuatl philosophy and its place in Aztec-Mexica life just before the invasion. For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing leon-pottilla in central Mexico.
He also looks for links in modern thought and practices especially in rural communities where the veneer of Catholicism seems thin.
That said, there were moments throughout the text when it seemed the text offered self-evident conclusions in lieu of extended interpretation or implications. They concern the origin of the universe and of life, conjectures thoubht the mystery of God, the possibility of comprehending things beyond the realm of experience, life after death, and the meaning of education, history, and art.
Metaphysical and Theological Ideas of the Nahuas.
Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind
A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. These opposing ideas is alive today in Modern Mexico, where a There is little consensus for a singular answer to that question. I would heartily recommend it to anyone with more than a passing interest in the Aztecs.
During that long span leon-poetilla time a cultural evolution took place which saw a high development of the arts and literature, the formulation of complex religious doctrines, systems of byy, and diverse political and social organization. Miguel Leon-Portilla, author of more than forty books including “Broken Spears”, is the world’s leading scholar on Mesoamerican literature.
Others have translated it as power or as force and multiple word variations. The philosophy of the Nahuatl wise men, which probably stemmed from the ancient doctrines and traditions leeon-portilla the Teotihuacans and Toltecs, quite often reveals profound intuition and in some instances is remarkably modern. Enclosed Lounge, Tile Rest Rooms. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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