AZTEC MYTHS


AZTEC MYTHS

EDITED BY JAKE JACKSON    Book Number: 89195    Product format: Paperback

Myths are stories which are known, or half-known, by those who hear them, and every generation brings a new emphasis as mythology helps us to navigate the world and its challenges. This collection of Aztec myths covers the cultures of Mesoamerica, with separate introductions for each civilisation. The main categories are the myths of Mexico, the Maya and Old Peru, together with myths shared by the Aztecs and Mexicans and by the Incas and Peruvians. The first Mesoamerican civilisation was that of the Olmec which appeared in about 1250 BC on Mexico's east coast, followed by the Zapotecs and great urban centres of Teotihuacan. Quetzalcoatl is a deity who manifested himself in many guises, some of them involving human sacrifice. As the sun god he is sometimes considered the chief of the pantheon, with Tezcatlipoca coming later. Foundation and migration legends are central to Mexican religion. For the Maya, an older and more mysterious race, the ritual significance of signs and numbers can be seen in the ruins of Palenque, where controversy has raged round its hieroglyphs, since Ancient Mayan writing cannot be deciphered with any degree of accuracy. The Maya pantheon overlaps with that of Mexico and is distinguished by a dualism of light and darkness. The civilisation of Old Peru is considered by the author to be inferior, and its empire was "the most absolute theocracy the world has ever seen". The Aztec hymns translated here are extremely beautiful, and the book concludes with a selection of translations illustrating some of the region's creation and origin myths. 256pp, paperback.
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