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DOWNLOAD ☆ The Aztecs î This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history religious studies and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture astronomy city planning poetry and philosophy who were also profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonThis Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history religious studies and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture astronomy city planning poetry and philosophy who were also profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and through warfare David Carrasco looks beyond Spanish accou. This is what the Very Short Introductions are intended to be a short but balanced introduction to the topic with plenty of jumping off points to follow for in depth treatments elsewhere Carrasco does a solid job presenting the background of the Mexica people and governance structures placing human sacrifice in context and describing the society’s cultural accomplishments He discusses the fall of the empire and briefly the persistance and reemergence of cultural traditionsI really struggle with my reaction to the pre Columbian Aztecs in a way that I don’t when I read about other Meso and South American civilizations specifically because of the bloody integral role of human sacrifice Carrasco explains how this fit into the Aztec ‘cosmovision’ in which humans owe the gods for their self sacrifice that created our world and in which human sacrifice pays the debt and keeps the cosmos running so to speak Life in pre modern times all over the world seems to have been hard with security and freedom elusive and often restricted to a small portion of the population Yet the graphic violation of bodily integrity triggers a reaction of disgust I don’t usually feel for other civilizations On a less emotional level I wonder if the Spanish hadn’t arrived with catastrophic results if Aztec political and economic structures and culture had a capacity to ‘modernize’ to find symbolic replacements for human sacrifice as a number of Old World cultures did and develop philosophic traditions providing a basis eventually for human rights That’s not to justify the way the Columbian contact played out just to wonder if it had survived how Aztec culture would have evolved One of the sad conseuences of the post contact cultural bonfire seems to me that our documentary evidence of Aztec society is smashed into akind of atemporal static picture despite fine archeological work sorting out a millenium or of pre contact history making it hard to spot pre contract trends and predict where they might have gone

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Nts that have colored much of the Western narrative to let Aztec voices speak about their origin stories the cosmic significance of their capital city their methods of child rearing and the contributions women made to daily life and the empire Carrasco discusses the arrival of the Spaniards contrasts Aztec mythical traditions about the origins of their city with actual urban life in Mesoamerica and outl. It's slightly irritating that introductions about the Aztecs always end up as historical accounts of the Spanish invasion and take over of Mexico Unfortunately this is an inevitable result of the fact that we only know anything about the Aztecs through the distorting lens of the Spanish accounts as well as a few physical remains recovered by archaeologists Another result is that the Aztecs have a disproportionately large and mostly undeserved place in popular consciousness about the peoples of pre colonial AmericaDespite all this Carrasco's enthusiastic book is a trove of interesting facts about Aztec history and culture and I recommend it as such

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The AztecsInes the rise of the Aztec empire He also explores Aztec religion which provided both justification for and alternatives to warfare sacrifice and imperialism and he sheds light on Aztec poetry philosophy painting and especially monumental sculpture and architecture He concludes by looking at how the Aztecs have been portrayed in Western thought art film and literature as well as in Latino culture and ar. Interesting insight into the religion and the history but I would have liked to have had on everyday life Organization is a little difficult to follow