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Inga Clendinnen creates a vivid and dramatic picture of life in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, once the nerve centre of the Aztec tribute empire. She explores the worlds of Aztec women, of priests and of warriors, in an extraordinary recreation of everyday life in the city. Contrasting the beauty and sophistication of Aztec culture with the savagery of human sacrifice, she attempts to explain the philosophy, rituals, and social structures that underpinned this remarkable empire.

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Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent centre of the Aztec empire, in its last unthreatened years before it fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies.

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The city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies in 1521. In recreating the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years, this study binds the key experiences and concerns of social existence to the mannered violence of ritual killings.

Synopsis:

In 1521, the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies. Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years. It provides a vividly dramatic analysis of Aztec ceremony as performance art, binding the key experiences and concerns of social existence in the late imperial city to the mannered violence of their ritual killings.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The City: 1. Tenochtitlan: the public image; 2. Local perspectives; Part II. Roles: 3. Victims; 4. Warriors, priests and merchants; 5. The masculine self discovered; 6. Wives; 7. Mothers; 8. The female being revealed; Part III. The Sacred: 9. Aesthetics; 10. Ritual: the world transformed, the world revealed; Part IV. 11. Defeat; Epilogue; A question of sources; Monthly ceremonies of the seasonal calendar; The Mexica pantheon; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521485852
Author:
Clendinnen, Inga
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Aztecs
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Aztecs -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Aztecs -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Canto
Publication Date:
19950231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 half-tones 72 colour plates
Pages:
414
Dimensions:
8.45x5.39x1.09 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent centre of the Aztec empire, in its last unthreatened years before it fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies.
"Synopsis" by , The city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies in 1521. In recreating the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years, this study binds the key experiences and concerns of social existence to the mannered violence of ritual killings.
"Synopsis" by , In 1521, the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies. Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years. It provides a vividly dramatic analysis of Aztec ceremony as performance art, binding the key experiences and concerns of social existence in the late imperial city to the mannered violence of their ritual killings.
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