DAILY LIFE OF THE AZTECS BY JACQUES SOUSTELLE PDF

The subject of this book is the life of the Mexicans—the Mexica , as they said themselves—at the beginning of the sixteenth century. At that time, in the early s, nobody, from the arid steppes of the north to the burning jungles of the isthmus, from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the shore of the Pacific, could have believed that this enormous empire, its culture, its art, its gods, were to go down a few years later in a historic cataclysm. The period with which this book is concerned is distinguished from all others by the wealth of its written documentation. The Mexicans were interested in themselves and in their history; they were tireless speech-makers and great loves of verse, thus an immense quantity of books and legal documents came into being. Drawing on this rich recorded history, Soustelle creates a memorable portrait of Aztec society. Soustelle has the rare quality of entering into the minds of those he is studying and seeing things from their point of view.

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We must first define the subject of this book in space and time, for during the two or three thousand years before our era and up until the fateful year of the European invasion , or one -- reed according to the native calendar many varied civilisations followed one another in the huge expanse of Mexico, rising each in turn like the waves of the sea, and like the waves, falling in ruin. The subject of this book, then, is the life of the Mexicans -- the Mexica , as they said themselves -- at the beginning of the sixteenth century.

The great feast of the New Fire, the 'binding of the years', took place at the end of each native 'century' of fifty-two years; and the last was in the year , during the reign of Motecuhzoma II Xocoyotzin 'the younger'.

The Mexican civilisation was then in the full vigour of its rise and of its youth. Scarcely a hundred years had passed since Itzcoatl , the first of the great rulers, had founded the league of the three cities, of which Mexico-Tenochtitlan had become the capital. And it was in this city, on the shores and even on the water of a lake in the hollow of the central valley, seven thousand five hundred feet high and overlooked by snow-capped volcanoes, that the Aztec power was built up -- a power which became, within a few decades, the most extensive domination that that part of the world had ever known.

At that time, in , nobody, from the arid steppes of the north to the burning jungles of the isthmus, from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the shore of the Pacific, could have believed that this enormous empire, its culture, its art, its gods, were to go down a few years later in a historic cataclysm that makes even the fall of Constantinople seem comparatively mild. In Mexico nobody knew that a white-skinned race from another world already had a footing in the islands of the western sea, and had had it since An unknown error has occurred.

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We must first define the subject of this book in space and time, for during the two or three thousand years before our era and up until the fateful year of the European invasion , or one -- reed according to the native calendar many varied civilisations followed one another in the huge expanse of Mexico, rising each in turn like the waves of the sea, and like the waves, falling in ruin. The subject of this book, then, is the life of the Mexicans -- the Mexica , as they said themselves -- at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The great feast of the New Fire, the 'binding of the years', took place at the end of each native 'century' of fifty-two years; and the last was in the year , during the reign of Motecuhzoma II Xocoyotzin 'the younger'. The Mexican civilisation was then in the full vigour of its rise and of its youth.

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Daily Life of the Aztecs

An exciting observation of a self sustaining civilization. Soustelle writes in a way that inspires imagining being a part of the Aztec culture. This book not only provides insight into many aspects of Jacques Soustelle.

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