The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan

The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan

by Leonardo López Luján
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826329586

ISBN-13: 9780826329585

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Between 1325 and 1521, the Mexica people of the Aztec capital ritually buried hundreds of offerings to their gods in the depths of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, where for more than five hundred years these gifts lay undiscovered. In complex religious ceremonies, sacred messages to the gods were expressed not only through these objects but through their exact

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Between 1325 and 1521, the Mexica people of the Aztec capital ritually buried hundreds of offerings to their gods in the depths of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, where for more than five hundred years these gifts lay undiscovered. In complex religious ceremonies, sacred messages to the gods were expressed not only through these objects but through their exact and symbolic placement as well.

In this revised edition of The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, Leonardo López Luján shares and synthesizes the spectacular findings of the historic Templo Mayor Project, which took place in the heart of Mexico City from 1978 to 1997. Archaeologists found an astonishing array of items including masks, jewelry, skeletal remains of jaguars and alligators, statues of gods, precious stones, human remains, and countless objects from the oceans. López Luján's aim was to decipher the offerings' religious significance and explain the profound associations between the unearthed materials and ritual behavior. In doing so he relied on diverse data and several analytical techniques to determine such things as the exact date when the offerings were buried, the gods to whom they were dedicated, the festivals in which the gifts were made, and the meanings of the materials and their spatial distribution.

The first edition of The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan was named "Outstanding Academic Book" by Choice and received the Eugene M. Kayden Humanities Award.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826329585
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
Revised edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The excavation and interpretation of the offerings in the center of Mexico City : 1519-19781
Ch. 2The Templo Mayor project and the excavation of offerings : 1978-199113
Ch. 3The offerings and ritual ceremonies31
Ch. 4The framework of the offerings43
Ch. 5The symbolism of the Templo Mayor63
Ch. 6General characteristics of the Templo Mayor offerings81
Ch. 7The general taxonomy of the Templo Mayor offerings117
Ch. 8Approach to the meaning of the offerings131
App. 1Relationship of offerings to corresponding complexes231
App. 2Description of the offerings complexes237
App. 3ADescription of unique offerings315
App. 3BPlan, matrices, and dendrograms339

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