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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For others, however, belief in that primordial creative energy suggested a purpose: 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. Strong sourcing, thorough analysis, and a very intuitive presentation of the Nahuatl language’s incredibly nuanced structure and the influence of this structure on philosophical development in Aztec and other Nahua cultures.
Sign up to receive offers and updates: On the wh This book focuses more on the ‘thought’ aspect than the more day to day aspects of the culture; most of it is devoted to encompassing Nahuatl philosophy, as discerned from poetry of the wise men, which is broken down in the text. The Sun of the Second Age opposite page. Xicanopoet Gonzalez rated it it was amazing Jun 03, The fundamental concepts of ancient Mexico presented and examined in this book have been taken from more than ninety original Aztec documents.
Selected pages Title Page. Telephone and Fish Finder. However, he fails to grasp that the many myths are the results of thousands of years of observation, experience, as well as conscious and formal inquiry. For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing civilization in central Mexico. University of Oklahoma Press. He often presents the Nahua text and then parses out the translation for the meanings.
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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. 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 religious doctrines, systems of education, and diverse political and social organization.
Mann Snippet view – An interesting an important book, but more than anything else it shows how limited the evidence about Aztec thought and culture is. University of Oklahoma Press;Fifth printing. Oct 03, Christine rated it it was ok. cukture
During that long span of time a zztec evolution took place which saw a high development of the arts and literature, the formulation of complex religious doctrines, systems of education, and diverse political and social organization. Open Preview See a Problem? References to this book After a series of synchronicities and an encounter with a Huichol weather worker, I began reading this upon recommendation from a friend. They concern the origin of the universe and of life, conjectures on 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.
Hopefully a deeper account leon-poortilla this topic can be written sometime in the future. I read this book for a course I took on the history of ancient mesoamerica. And the book contains some excellent translations of the deeply profound work of Texcoco’s favorite son, Nezahualcoyotl: The Plumed Serpent opposite page. Leon-porti,la fundamental concepts of ancient Mexico presented and examined in this book have been taken from more than ninety original Aztec documents.
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.
An interesting an important book, but more than anything else it shows how limited the evidence about Aztec thought and culture is. University of Oklahoma Press- History – pages.
Aztec Thought and Culture by Leon-Portilla, Miguel
Trivia About Aztec Thought and Source materials are Nahuatl codexes preserved from the Conquest as well as studies on the Aztec civilization and beliefs written by Europeans and Creoles in the 16thth Centuries – the oldest works actually based on interviews with Nuhuatl who were educated in the pre-Conquest Aztec empire.
Laymen schooled in Philosophy will have the easiest time work through Leon-Portilla’s Aztec Thought was of pivotal significance to the field of Aztec studies and is a truly remarkable interpretation of the philosophy and worldviews of Post-Classical Nahua peoples. Account Options Sign in. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Drawings from the Madrid Codex fol v page.
For some, that conclusion led to a hedonistic path, a lifestyle that encouraged an enjoyment of the flowers and friends of the moment. Some of the oldest studies were actually supressed by the Papacy and the Spanish government who fear Interesting. Published September 15th by University of Oklahoma Press first published Sep 25, Julian Greene rated it it was amazing.
The Birth of Philosophy among the Nahuas. 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.
Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind
Argosy Book Store Published: I think this is merely the author trying to grapple with a mindset and reference alien to his own upbringing and formation. My only real complaint is that sometimes it repeated the same thing a bit too often, but it does so in an effort to emphasize the central role of these concepts. Metaphysical and Theological Ideas of the Nahuas. Sign In Register Help Cart. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. ajd
Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind by Miguel León-Portilla
The rich documentation concerning these people, commonly called Aztecs, includes, in addition to a few codices written before the Conquest, thousands of folios in the Nahuatl or Aztec language written by natives after the Migueel. Kait rated it really liked it Jun 22, Excellent book for grasping concepts and ideas about traditional aztec thought.
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