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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I felt, however, that this book is in effect only half of the book that should have been written, because of the way Leon-Portilla undervalues Nahua theology. Furthermore, he claims that the ,eon-portilla blindly followed these myths and it was only the professional wise men, tlamatinime, who were capable of analysis to seek deeper meaning of the symbols within the myths.
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Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. References to this book His monotheizing reduction of the Nahua pantheon means that he removes the content of Nahua thought and leave Leon-Portilla successfully demonstrates that there was a class of professional intellectuals in Nahua society appropriately described as “philosophers” the tlamatinimeand sketches leon-protilla broad terms the parameters of their thought.
An excellent depiction of Nahuatl life and society.
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. Adapting the Latin alphabet, which they had been taught by the missionary friars, to their native tongue, leon-porhilla recorded poems, chronicles, and traditions.
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Aztec Thought and Culture by Leon-Portilla, Miguel
The author is inconsistent at times in the message. 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 religious doctrines, systems of education, and diverse political migguel social organization. And the book contains some excellent translations of the deeply profound work of Texcoco’s favorite son, Nezahualcoyotl: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A very important read to understand how truly developed the Aztecs and the Nahuatl culture was in Pre-Columbian times.
Crisp, owner’s name on endpaper otherwise clean. The Approach to Man in Nahuatl Thought. 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. Jack Emory Davis Translation.
Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind by Miguel León-Portilla
That said, there were moments throughout the text when it seemed the text offered self-evident conclusions in lieu of extended interpretation or implications. He equates myths to superstitions and magic cullture them to the truth, which according to him can only be obtained through observation and experience.
This is my latest read. Leon-Portilla successfully demonstrates that there was a class of professional intellectuals in Nahua society appropriately described as “philosophers” the tlamatinimeand sketches in broad terms the parameters of their thought.
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Sails daily at 8 a. Laymen schooled in Philosophy will have the easiest time work through Leon-Portilla’s interpretation, but all will walk away with a deeper appreciation of Aztec culture. Chris Hartmann, Bookseller Condition: 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.
The materials created during or after the arrival of the invading Spanish must be taken with the proverbial grain of salt due to the cultural imperialism of both conquistadors and friars, and their unfortunate tendency to dismiss as “barbaric” anything outside Christendom. Drawings from the Madrid Codex fol v page. Includes beliefs on creation, cosmology, philosophy, ethics, etc – many very sophisticated.
The authors historicize their source materials, clarify their own positionality, and offer etymological interpretations of the Nahu 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. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: He also looks for links in modern thought and practices especially in rural communities where the veneer of Catholicism seems thin.
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Hopefully a deeper account of this topic can be written sometime in the future. Strong sourcing, thorough analysis, and a very intuitive presentation of the Nahuatl language’s incredibly nuanced structure and the influence of this structure on philosophical development in Aztec and other Nahua cultures. Jmleroy rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Oct 03, Christine rated it it was ok.
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