The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

By David Carrasco

This Very brief Introduction employs the disciplines of historical past, spiritual stories, and anthropology because it illuminates the complexities of Aztec existence. Readers meet a humans hugely expert in sculpture, astronomy, urban making plans, poetry, and philosophy, who have been additionally profoundly dedicated to cosmic regeneration throughout the thrust of the ceremonial knife and during struggle. Davíd Carrasco seems past Spanish debts that experience coloured a lot of the Western narrative to allow Aztec voices discuss their foundation tales, the cosmic importance in their capital urban, their equipment of kid rearing, and the contributions ladies made to way of life and the empire. Carrasco discusses the coming of the Spaniards, contrasts Aztec legendary traditions concerning the origins in their urban with genuine city existence in Mesoamerica, and descriptions the increase of the Aztec empire. He additionally explores Aztec faith, which supplied either justification for and choices to war, sacrifice, and imperialism, and he sheds mild on Aztec poetry, philosophy, portray, and particularly huge sculpture and structure. He concludes by means of taking a look at how the Aztecs were portrayed in Western inspiration, artwork, movie, and literature in addition to in Latino tradition and arts.

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