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The Rabbit on the Face of the Moon: Mythology in the Mesoamerican Tradition

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Publisher Comments:

Eighteen essays provide an accessible, entertaining look into a system of millennia-old legends and beliefs.

Mythology is one of the great creations of humankind. It forms the core of sacred books and reflects the deepest preoccupations of human beings, their most intimate secrets, their glories, and their infamies.

In 1990, Alfredo López Austin, one of the foremost scholars of ancient Mesoamerican thought, began a series of essays about mythology in the Mesoamerican tradition, published in México Indígena. Although his articles were written for general readers, they were also intended to engage specialists. They span a divers subject matter: myths and names, eclipses, stars, left and right, Méxican origins, Aztec incantations, animals, and the incorporation of Christian elements into the living mythologies of Mexico. The title essay relates the Mesoamerican myth explaining why there is a rabbit o the moon’s face to a Buddhist image and suggests the importance of the profound mythical concepts presented by each image.

The eighteen essays in this volume are unified by their basis in Mesoamerican tradition and provide an accessible, entertaining look into a system of millennia-old legends and beliefs.

 

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [141]-148) and index.

About the Author

Alfredo López Austin is research associate at the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas and professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874805277
Subtitle:
Mythology in the Mesoamerican Tradition
Translator:
Ortiz De Montellano, Bernard R.
Author:
Lopez-Austin, Alfredo
Author:
Lopez Austin, Alfredo
Author:
Austin, Alfredo Lopez
Translator:
Ortiz De Montellano, Bernard R.
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Location:
Salt Lake City :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology and folklore
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Indians of mexico
Subject:
Indians of central america
Subject:
Indian mythology
Subject:
Indians of Central America -- Folklore.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
30
Publication Date:
20040115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 illus.
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 22 up to 80

Related Subjects

Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Humanities » Mythology » General
Humanities » Mythology » Latin American
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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