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Clendinnen, Inga
The cost of courage in Aztec society : essays on Mesoamerican society and culture / Inga Clendinnen
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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 3rd Floor  F1219.76.R57 C55 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Aztecs -- Rites and ceremonies
Aztecs -- Warfare -- Social aspects
Aztecs -- Religion
Violence -- Mexico -- History -- 16th century
Mayas -- Rites and ceremonies
Subject Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540
Physical Description v, 216 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "A collection of pathbreaking essays on Aztec and Maya culture in the sixteenth century"--Provided by publisher
"Tenochitlan, the Aztec city, was the creation of war. The courage and stamina of its young fighting men was indisputable. In the title work of this pathbreaking collection of essays, Inga Clendinnen discusses why warfare was so central to Aztec society and the ways in which the Aztecs understood their relationship to the forces governing the world and the heavens. Aztec rhetoric and Aztec ritual were unified in the endeavor to sustain a social order sufficiently in harmony with the natural order. Subsequent essays examine the survival of Yucatec Maya culture under Spanish conquest, the role of "religion" in sixteenth-century Mexico, and Hernando Cortes and the conquest of Mexico. "--Provided by publisher
Note Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. 'Fierce and unnatural cruelty': Cortés and the conquest of Mexico; 2. Disciplining the Indians: Franciscan ideology and missionary violence in sixteenth-century Yucatán; 3. The cost of courage in Aztec society; 4. Ways to the sacred: reconstructing 'religion' in sixteenth century Mexico; 5. Landscape and world view: the survival of Yucatec Maya culture under Spanish conquest; 6. Breaking the mirror: from the Aztec spring festival to organ transplantation; 7. Reading Mr. Robinson

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