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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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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.

Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind by Miguel León-Portilla

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A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. His monotheizing reduction of the Nahua pantheon means that he removes the content of Nahua thought and leaves only the form, if that.

Account Options Sign in. This copy of Aztec Thought and Culture: Jul 02, Redsteve rated it liked it Shelves: The meaning of that word is vital because there is much difference of opinion about the nature of Nahua thought and religious expression.

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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 Conquest. Ships with Tracking Number! To my mind, Nahua thought more closely resembles the schools of thought in Hindui philosophy that similarly moved away from a polytheistic Weltanschauung to belief in a single ground to existence, a sacred force that unfolds into multiple forms in the physical universe.

A good book, a foundational text flawed by the adherence to a pet theory but easily discernable to the reader.

Adapting the Latin alphabet, which they had been taught by the missionary friars, to their native tongue, they recorded poems, chronicles, and traditions. 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

Hopefully a deeper account of this topic can be written sometime in the future. His monotheizing reduction of the Nahua pantheon means that he leon–portilla the content of Nahua thought and leave Leon-Portilla successfully demonstrates that there was a class leoon-portilla professional intellectuals in Nahua society appropriately described as “philosophers” the tlamatinimeand sketches in broad terms the parameters of their thought.

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. 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.

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The authors historicize their source materials, clarify their own leon-lortilla, and offer etymological interpretations of the Nahuatl sources. Yet, existing along side, the Quetzalcoatl legend who attempted to discover the meaning of life through poetry and arts.

Aztec Thought and Culture

For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing civilization in central Mexico. And the book contains some excellent translations of leon-portlila deeply profound work of Texcoco’s favorite son, Nezahualcoyotl: University of Oklahoma Press;Fifth printing. University of Oklahoma Press, Has wear to the cover and pages.

Oct 04, Sasha Jones rated it really liked it Shelves: The fundamental concepts of ancient Mexico presented and examined in this book have been taken from more than ninety original Aztec documents. Others have translated it as power or as force and multiple word variations. Were migue, monotheists, polytheists, materialists, pantheists? 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.

These opposing ideas is alive today in Modern Mexico, where a