Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind Miguel Leon- Portilla, author of more than forty books including “Broken Spears”, is the world’s . 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 Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. By Miguel León Portilla. Aztec Thought and Culture a Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. Translated From the Spanish by Jack Emory Davis. Miguel León-Portilla. University of.
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This is my latest read. I read this book for a course I took on the history of ancient mesoamerica. His monotheizing reduction of the Nahua pantheon means that he removes the content of Nahua thought and leaves only the form, if that.
A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. Delicious Hot Food Served. No prior ownership marks. Oct 18, Edward Butler rated it liked it.
Haar rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: However, he fails to grasp that the many myths are the results of thousands of years of observation, experience, as well as conscious and formal inquiry. Jack Emory Davis Translation. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For others, however, belief in that primordial creative energy suggested a purpose: For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing civilization in central Mexico.
On the wh This book focuses more on the ‘thought’ aspect than the more day to day aspects of the culture; most of it is devoted to encompassing Nahuatl philosophy, as discerned from poetry of the wise men, which is broken down in the text.
Metaphysical and Theological Ideas of the Nahuas. Hopefully cculture deeper account of this topic can be written sometime in the future.
I think this is merely the author trying to grapple with a mindset and reference alien to his own upbringing and formation.
Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind by Miguel León-Portilla
Aztec Thought and Culture provides a useful introduction to and overview of Nahuatl philosophy and its place in Aztec-Mexica life just before the invasion. Excellent book for grasping concepts and ideas about traditional aztec thought.
This line sets the tone for the rest of the book. It does not seem to occur to him that theological structures can provide the basis for philosophical reflection; instead, he assumes that philosophy and theology must be in opposition. Azgec PreColumbian Concept of the Universe. Thiught Lounge, Tile Rest Rooms. Apr 15, David rated it really liked it Leoon-portilla References to this book Leon-Portilla’s reevaluation of source materials and codices radically challenge many of the preconceived notions of Aztec society that laymen and academics alike, bringing to light the great importance of art and poetry to the Aztecs.
Aztec Thought and Culture
Some of the oldest studies were actually supressed by the Papacy and the Spanish government who fear Interesting. The author is inconsistent at times in the message. Jul 02, Redsteve rated it liked it Shelves: This was the first book suggested by my guide through Nahua thought. The authors historicize their source materials, clarify their own positionality, and offer etymological interpretations of the Nahu Aztec Thought and Culture provides a useful introduction to and overview of Nahuatl philosophy and its place in Aztec-Mexica life just before the invasion.
Furthermore, he claims that the masses blindly followed these myths and it was only the professional wise men, tlamatinime, who were capable of analysis to seek deeper meaning of the symbols within the myths. Some of the oldest studies were actually supressed by the Papacy and the Spanish government who feared that they would promote non-Christian beleif systems. Paperbackpages.
The Approach to Man in Nahuatl Thought. Sep 25, Julian Greene rated it it was amazing. The Aztec Universe page.
The patterns of thought and belief we are raised with are deeply implanted on us and accept by us as the norm … even when we seemingly change through leon-portills and experience far too often those early deep imprints become our default when something happens that challenge us. And the book contains some excellent leon-pkrtilla of the deeply profound work of Texcoco’s favorite son, Nezahualcoyotl: Oct 04, Sasha Jones rated it really liked it Shelves: The Plumed Serpent opposite page.
Piddles rated it really liked it Feb 18, His translation of Teotl as God … I am uncertain. The Levels of Heaven.
Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind
He often presents the Nahua text and then parses out the translation for the meanings. 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.
I am pretty sure it is when he moves away from the what the Nahua were saying and tries to explain it in accordance with a singular theory Ernesto Espinoza rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Aztec Thought and Culture: The ideas of humanism and barbarism coexisted until the fall of Tenochtitlan. Open Preview See a Problem?
Jack Emory Davisassociate professor of Romance languages at the University of Arizona, prepared the original translation. Ana rated it it was amazing Nov 11,