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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Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind

Adapting the Latin alphabet, which they had been taught by the missionary friars, to their native tongue, they recorded poems, chronicles, and traditions. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is clearly a projection of philosophy’s situation in the Christian and Muslim world, but Leon-Portilla offers no evidence that a similar tension existed in Nahua society. Ana rated it it was amazing Nov 11, 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 Not forever on this earth, only a little while here.

Jun 05, Lfrench rated it really liked it. Contents The Birth of Philosophy among the Nahuas. This copy of Aztec Thought and Culture: University of Oklahoma Press 5th Printing, 1 Sep 25, Julian Greene rated it it was amazing. Jul 02, Redsteve rated it liked it Shelves: 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, cukture were capable of analysis to seek deeper meaning of the symbols within the myths.


Excellent book for grasping concepts and ideas about traditional aztec thought. However, he fails to grasp that the many myths are the results of thousands of years of observation, experience, as well as conscious fulture formal inquiry. Ernesto Espinoza rated it it was amazing Aug 30, The Sun of the Second Age opposite page.

It was informative but it felt claustrophobic.

The rich docu For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing civilization in central Mexico. Rather, I suspect that different schools may have considered one god or another as the most perfect mask of the divine source, perhaps embracing Tezcatlipoca, Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl or even Tonantzin as the supreme iteration much like Krishna- Vishnu- or Shiva-centered varieties of Hinduism.

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.

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Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind by Miguel León-Portilla

References to this book Aztec Thought and Culture: Trivia About Aztec Thought and For at least two millennia before the advent of the Spaniards inthere was a flourishing civilization in central Mexico.


Jolanta Sokol rated it really liked it Sep 14, He often presents the Nahua text and then parses out the translation for the meanings. A very important read to understand how truly developed the Aztecs and the Nahuatl culture was in Pre-Columbian times.

cultur Mark Mirabello rated it really liked it Apr 13, What’s truly fascinating is evidence of a push toward discrete philosophical contemplation of each of these themes in pre-conquest culture said contemplation to be completed while maintaining balance, however.

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Aztec Thought and Culture: A study of the ancient Nahuatl mind. This inability to question his own presuppositions is a serious defect in an otherwise bold, important book. Includes beliefs on creation, cosmology, philosophy, ethics, etc – many very sophisticated.

For some, that conclusion led to a hedonistic path, a lifestyle that encouraged an enjoyment of the flowers and friends of the moment. He also looks for links in modern thought and practices especially in rural communities where leon-portulla veneer of Catholicism seems thin. The fundamental concepts of ancient Mexico presented and examined in this book have been taken from more than ninety original Aztec documents.

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