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For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards in 1519, there 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.

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

The fundamental concepts of ancient Mexico presented and examined in this book have been taken from more than ninety original Aztec documents. 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. The philosophy of the Nahuatl wise men, which probably stemmed from the ancient doctrines and traditions of the Teotihuacans and Toltecs, quite often reveals profound intuition and in some instances is remarkably and#147;modern.and#8221;

This English edition is not a direct translation of the original Spanish, but an adaptation and rewriting of the text for the English-speaking reader.

Review:

"The Aztecs were an incredible and proud people who developed from a nomadic group into builders of a great and complex civilization. From rich documentation — codices and accounts written in their native language, Nahuatl, but using the Latin alphabet — Dr. León-Portilla has presented a superb analysis of how and why the Aztecs developed as they did." Library Journal

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"León-Portilla has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of Aztec religious thought. Along with his analysis of this philosophical revolution León-Portilla also provides us with a superb summary of the official cosmological and cosmogonic system. His analyses are among the most dramatic illustrations of the integrative functions of religion and the functional interrelationships between religion and socio-political organizations." American Antiquity

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"Dr. León-Portilla?s definitive work will be a model, and, quite possible, and object of envy to anthropologists with similar interests in other New World high civilizations." El Palacio

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"León-Portilla reminds us that the New World, conquered so long ago by Europeans, still cries out for attention and understanding. As the legend of the plumed Serpent reveals, the present can gather new life from an adventure into the past. Few books have to read, but for a citizen of the Americas, this is one of them." Journal of the West

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For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards in 1519, there 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.
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. Adapting the Latin alphabet, which they had been taught by the missionary friars, to their native tongue, they recorded poems, chronicles, and traditions.

About the Author

Director of the Inter-American Indian Institute in Mexico City, Miguel Leon-Portilla is a significant young Mexican scholar. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees (summa cum laude) form Loyola University at Los Angeles and the Ph.D. from the National University of Mexico. La Filosof¡a N

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lito, March 21, 2013 (view all comments by lito)
As I had the ambition to start my philosophical thinking I wanted to take in the philosophical thought of something that was closer to home that Plato and Aristotle. These man made good contributions to philosophy, but i wanted to know what was the philosophy of my ancestral land. This book is where my journey took me. I have read this book and I loved every page of it. This book will not disapoint.
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lito, March 21, 2013 (view all comments by lito)
As I had the ambition to start my philosophical thinking I wanted to take in the philosophical thought of something that was closer to home that Plato and Aristotle. These man made good contributions to philosophy, but i wanted to know what was the philosophy of my ancestral land. This book is where my journey took me. I have read this book and I loved every page of it. This book will not disapoint.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780806122953
Translator:
Davis, Jack Emory
Author:
Lebon Portilla, Miguel
Author:
Portilla, Miguel
Author:
Leon-Portilla, Miguel
Author:
Davis, Jack Emory
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Indians of mexico
Subject:
Aztecs
Subject:
Indian philosophy
Subject:
Nahuas
Subject:
Nahua philosophy.
Subject:
Aztecs -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian Series
Series Volume:
67
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 bandw illus., 1 map
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 0.73 in 0.76 lb

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"Review" by , "The Aztecs were an incredible and proud people who developed from a nomadic group into builders of a great and complex civilization. From rich documentation — codices and accounts written in their native language, Nahuatl, but using the Latin alphabet — Dr. León-Portilla has presented a superb analysis of how and why the Aztecs developed as they did."
"Review" by , "León-Portilla has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of Aztec religious thought. Along with his analysis of this philosophical revolution León-Portilla also provides us with a superb summary of the official cosmological and cosmogonic system. His analyses are among the most dramatic illustrations of the integrative functions of religion and the functional interrelationships between religion and socio-political organizations."
"Review" by , "Dr. León-Portilla?s definitive work will be a model, and, quite possible, and object of envy to anthropologists with similar interests in other New World high civilizations."
"Review" by , "León-Portilla reminds us that the New World, conquered so long ago by Europeans, still cries out for attention and understanding. As the legend of the plumed Serpent reveals, the present can gather new life from an adventure into the past. Few books have to read, but for a citizen of the Americas, this is one of them."
"Synopsis" by ,
For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards in 1519, there 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.
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. Adapting the Latin alphabet, which they had been taught by the missionary friars, to their native tongue, they recorded poems, chronicles, and traditions.

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