A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems, and Prayers of the Aztecs / Edition 1

A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems, and Prayers of the Aztecs / Edition 1

by Thelma D. Sullivan
     
 

Long before Europeans came to America, the Aztecs created a unique culture based on myth and a love of language. Myths and poems were an important part of their culture, and a successful speech by a royal orator was pronounced "a great scattering of jades." A Scattering of Jades is an anthology of the best of Aztec literature, compiled by a noted

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Long before Europeans came to America, the Aztecs created a unique culture based on myth and a love of language. Myths and poems were an important part of their culture, and a successful speech by a royal orator was pronounced "a great scattering of jades." A Scattering of Jades is an anthology of the best of Aztec literature, compiled by a noted anthropologist and a skilled translator of Nahuatl. It is a storehouse of myths, narratives, poems, and proverbs—as well as prayers and songs to the Aztec gods that provide insight into how these people's perception of the cosmos drove their military machine. Featuring a translation of the Mexicayotl—a work as important today for Mexico's concept of nationhood and ideology as it was at the time of the Conquest—these selections eloquently depict the everyday life of this ancient people and their unique worldview. A Scattering of Jades is an unsurpassed window on ancient Mesoamerican civilization and an essential companion for anyone studying Aztec history, religion, or culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816523375
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments13
The Aztec World of Ancient Mexico15
Mesoamerican Origins17
The Toltecs18
The Gods19
The Aztec Quest21
Founding the Center of the Aztec World: Tenochtitlan23
The Empire26
Tenochtitlan29
The Conquest32
The Spiritual Conquest and the Preservation of Classic Aztec Culture36
"A Polished Eye": Understanding the Aztec World39
Human Sacrifice40
The Balance of Life42
Women in Aztec Society43
The Warrior's World44
Contradictions of the Aztec World45
World-Centering46
Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli47
A Scattering of Jades: Classic Aztec Literature48
Translating the Aztec World: Thelma D. Sullivan51
Form and Style in Aztec Literature53
IThe Aztec World59
1The Ancient Suns of Mexico and Quetzalcoatl
2The Finding and Founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan
3The Conquest of Mexico: the Words of the Conquered
IILife and Death in Ancient Mexico: The Orations of the Elders107
1A Necklace of Jades
2O Precious Necklace, O Quetzal Feather!
IIIPrayers and Songs of the Gods149
1A Prayer to Tlaloc151
2The Songs of Ancient Mexico160
3The Songs of the Gods: Ten Prayers of the Primeros Memoriales164
IVWords of Jade: Proverbs, Metaphors, and Conundrums181
1Nahuatl Proverbs, Conundrums, and Metaphors, Collected by Sahagun183
2The Metaphors from the Orations of Fray Andres de Olmos225
Abbreviations233
Sources and Readings234
Index263

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