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Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God: Tezcatlipoca, "Lord of the Smoking Mirror" (Mesoamerican Worlds)

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Guilhem Olivier's Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God is a masterful study of Tezcatlipoca, one of the greatest but least understood deities in the Mesoamerican pantheon.

An enigmatic and melodramatic figure, the Lord of the Smoking Mirror was both drunken seducer and mutilated transgressor and although he severely punished those who violated pre-Columbian moral codes, he also received mortal confessions. A patron deity to kings and warriors as well as a protector of slaves, Tezcatlipoca often clashed in epic confrontations with his "enemy brother" Quetzalcoatl, the famed Feathered Serpent. Yet these powers of Mesoamerican mythology collaborated to create the world, and their common attributes hint at a dual character.

In a sophisticated, systematic tour through the sources and problems related to Tezcatlipoca's protean powers and shifting meanings, Olivier guides readers through the symbolic names of this great god, from his representation on skins and stones to his relationship to ritual knives and other deities.

Drawing upon iconographic material, chronicles written in Spanish and in Nahuatl, and the rich contributions of ethnography, Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God - like the mirror of Tezcatlipoca in which the fates of mortals were reflected - reveals an important but obscured portion of the cosmology of pre-Columbian Mexico.

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Guilhem Olivier's Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God is a masterful study of Tezcatlipoca, one of the greatest but least understood deities in the Mesoamerican pantheon.

About the Author

Guilhem Olivier is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico City and lecturer at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870819070
Author:
Olivier, Guilhem
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Translator:
Besson, Michel
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Mesoamerican Worlds
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 1 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Nursing
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Aztecs
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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