This introduction to the Mexica (or Aztec) cosmos explores sacrifice as both the foundation for and an ethical response to existence in the richly textured world of sixteenth-century Mexico. Drawing on archaeological remains, sculptures, pictorial and calendrical codices, and original translations of Nahuatl poetry and folktales, Kay Almere Read describes a world in which every being was allotted a specific lifetime and where sacrifice was the mechanism by which time functioned. This book presents a convincing interpretation of what sacrifice meant in the religious life of the Mexica people - and how human sacrifice of staggering proportions could be accepted.
Series: Religion in North America
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd July 1998
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.68