The Natural History of the Soul in Ancient Mexico

The Natural History of the Soul in Ancient Mexico

by Jill Leslie McKeever Furst, Jill L. McKeever-Furst
     
 

This fascinating, richly illustrated book explores basic Precolumbian beliefs about the soul among ancient Mesoamerican peoples. It focuses on the Central Mexican Aztecs--called the Mexica--who believed in multiple souls that animated the body, gave humans their shared and individual characteristics, and survived the body after death.See more details below

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This fascinating, richly illustrated book explores basic Precolumbian beliefs about the soul among ancient Mesoamerican peoples. It focuses on the Central Mexican Aztecs--called the Mexica--who believed in multiple souls that animated the body, gave humans their shared and individual characteristics, and survived the body after death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300062250
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Evolving Soul1
2The Mexica and Their Souls10
3The Yolia and the Soul17
4The Yolia as a Bird23
5The Winged Soul, Universality and Natural History33
6The Yolia as Breath42
7The Yolia as Shadowy Double48
8The Yolia as Stone54
9The Tonalli and Fire Drilling63
10The Tonalli as Sumptuary Art71
11The Tonalli as Name and Astrological Sign76
12The Tonalli and Physical Resemblance88
13The Tonalli, Body Temperature and Neonates96
14The Tonalli and Advice at Puberty103
15Soul Loss and Aging109
16The Tonalli and the Cold Body118
17The Tonalli as Body Part125
18Blood, Shock and Sacrifice131
19The Spirit, the Air and the Winds138
20The Aires as Spirits, Gods and the Returning Dead143
21The Glowing Ihiyotl, the Winds and the Aires153
22The Ignis Fatuus and the Ihiyotl160
23The Foul-Smelling Ihiyotl167
Postscript173
Notes185
List of Abbreviations191
Bibliography193
Index224

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