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Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Members save with free shipping everyday! See details. Overview Tireless speech-makers and lovers of verse, the ancient Aztecs were also prodigious record keepers, using a pictographic system to keep records of their history, geography, and rituals.
Many of these accounts were destroyed after the Spanish conquest; but fortunately, a few survived, including those kept by the invaders.
This book by an international authority on Mexican archaeology and sociology presents a vivid history of that profoundly religious Aztec warrior society — from its days as a primitive people, to the early sixteenth century — when, on the eve of the Spanish conquest, a powerful native government ruled with great organizational ability and restless energy.
Here also are detailed descriptions of public buildings and market places, home furnishings, games and amusements, family life, the conduct of war, the arts of language, music and dancing, and other topics.
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The Daily Life of the Aztecs: On the Eve of the Spanish Conquest
The subject of this book is the life of the Mexicans—the Mexica , as they said themselves—at the beginning of the sixteenth century. At that time, in the early s, nobody, from the arid steppes of the north to the burning jungles of the isthmus, from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the shore of the Pacific, could have believed that this enormous empire, its culture, its art, its gods, were to go down a few years later in a historic cataclysm. The period with which this book is concerned is distinguished from all others by the wealth of its written documentation. The Mexicans were interested in themselves and in their history; they were tireless speech-makers and great loves of verse, thus an immense quantity of books and legal documents came into being. Drawing on this rich recorded history, Soustelle creates a memorable portrait of Aztec society. Soustelle has the rare quality of entering into the minds of those he is studying and seeing things from their point of view.
Daily Life of the Aztecs
An exciting observation of a self sustaining civilization. Soustelle writes in a way that inspires imagining being a part of the Aztec culture. This book not only provides insight into many aspects of Jacques Soustelle. The subject of this book is the life of the Mexicans the Mexica , as they said themselves at the beginning of the sixteenth century. At that time, in the early s, nobody, from the arid steppes of the north to the burning jungles of the isthmus, from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the shore of the Pacific, could have believed that this enormous empire, its culture, its art, its gods, were to go down a few years later in a historic cataclysm.
We must first define the subject of this book in space and time, for during the two or three thousand years before our era and up until the fateful year of the European invasion , or one -- reed according to the native calendar many varied civilisations followed one another in the huge expanse of Mexico, rising each in turn like the waves of the sea, and like the waves, falling in ruin. The subject of this book, then, is the life of the Mexicans -- the Mexica , as they said themselves -- at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The great feast of the New Fire, the 'binding of the years', took place at the end of each native 'century' of fifty-two years; and the last was in the year , during the reign of Motecuhzoma II Xocoyotzin 'the younger'. The Mexican civilisation was then in the full vigour of its rise and of its youth. Scarcely a hundred years had passed since Itzcoatl , the first of the great rulers, had founded the league of the three cities, of which Mexico-Tenochtitlan had become the capital.