City of Sacrifice: the Aztec empire and the role of violence in civilization

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Beacon Press, Boston, MA, p.279 p. (1999)


ISBN: 0807046426 (cloth

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LC: F1219.3.R38; Dewey:


Indians of Mexico -- Rites and ceremonies.; Aztecs -- Rites and ceremonies.; Human sacrifice.


Contents: Introduction. Performing the city of sacrifice -- 1. City as symbol in Aztec thought : some clues from the Codex Mendoza -- 2. Templo Mayor : the Aztec vision of place -- 3. The new fire ceremony and the binding of the years : Tenochtitlan's fearful symmetry -- 4. The sacrifice of Tezcatlipoca : to change place -- 5. Give me some skin : the charisma of the Aztec warrior -- 6. Cosmic jaws : we ear the Gods and the Gods eat us -- 7. The sacrifice of women : the hearts of plants and makers of war games -- 8. When warriors became walls, when the mountain of water crumbled. Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-271) and index.

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The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S. (ACHTUS)


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