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Under The Jaguar Sun

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ISBN : 054413334X
Pages : 96 pages
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Download Full Under The Jaguar Sun in PDF by Italo Calvino Full eBook and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 2012-12-11 with total page 96 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “The thought . . . called up the flavors of an elaborate and bold cuisine, bent on making the flavors’ highest notes vibrate, juxtaposing them in modulations, in chords, and especially in dissonances that would assert themselves as an incomparable experience.” — From Under the Jaguar Sun These intoxicating stories delve down to the core of our senses of taste, hearing, and smell. Amid the flavors of Mexico’s fiery chiles and spices, a couple on holiday discovers dark truths about the maturing of desire in the title story, “Under the Jaguar Sun.” In “A King Listens,” a gripping portrait of a frenzied mind, the menacing echoes in a huge palace spur a tyrant’s thoughts to the heights of paranoid intensity. “The Name, the Nose” drives to a startling conclusion as men across time and space pursue the women whose aromas have enchanted them. Mordant and deliciously offbeat, this trio of tales is a treat from a master of short fiction. “[Calvino is] a learned, daring, ingeniously gifted magus . . . Under the Jaguar Sun . . . fuses fable with neuron . . . The reader is likely to salivate.” — Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review


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Understanding Italo Calvino

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ISBN : 9780872498587
Pages : 260 pages
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Download Full Understanding Italo Calvino in PDF by Beno Weiss Full eBook and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 1993 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Highlights Calvino's fascination with folk tales, knights, social & political allegories, & science fiction.


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Time and the Ancestors

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ISBN : 9004340521
Pages : 645 pages
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Download Full Time and the Ancestors in PDF by Maarten Jansen Full eBook and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2017-03-13 with total page 645 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Time and the Ancestors: Aztec and Mixtec Ritual Art combines iconographical analysis with archaeological, historical and ethnographic studies and offers new interpretations of enigmatic masterpieces from ancient Mexico, focusing specifically on the symbols and values of the religious heritage of indigenous peoples.


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Maya Calendar Origins

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ISBN : 9780292774490
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Download Full Maya Calendar Origins in PDF by Prudence M. Rice Full eBook and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 2009-02-17 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Maya Political Science: Time, Astronomy, and the Cosmos, Prudence M. Rice proposed a new model of Maya political organization in which geopolitical seats of power rotated according to a 256-year calendar cycle known as the May. This fundamental connection between timekeeping and Maya political organization sparked Rice's interest in the origins of the two major calendars used by the ancient lowland Maya, one 260 days long, and the other having 365 days. In Maya Calendar Origins, she presents a provocative new thesis about the origins and development of the calendrical system. Integrating data from anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, ethnohistory, myth, and linguistics, Rice argues that the Maya calendars developed about a millennium earlier than commonly thought, around 1200 BC, as an outgrowth of observations of the natural phenomena that scheduled the movements of late Archaic hunter-gatherer-collectors throughout what became Mesoamerica. She asserts that an understanding of the cycles of weather and celestial movements became the basis of power for early rulers, who could thereby claim "control" over supernatural cosmic forces. Rice shows how time became materialized—transformed into status objects such as monuments that encoded calendrical or temporal concerns—as well as politicized, becoming the foundation for societal order, political legitimization, and wealth. Rice's research also sheds new light on the origins of the Popol Vuh, which, Rice believes, encodes the history of the development of the Mesoamerican calendars. She also explores the connections between the Maya and early Olmec and Izapan cultures in the Isthmian region, who shared with the Maya the cosmovision and ideology incorporated into the calendrical systems.


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The Venus Calendar Observatory at Aztec New Mexico

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ISBN : 145203656X
Pages : 158 pages
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Download Full The Venus Calendar Observatory at Aztec New Mexico in PDF by Allan Macgillivray, III Full eBook and published by AuthorHouse. This book was released on 2010 with total page 158 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Between the 10th and 14th century's AD a grand civilization developed in what are now the 4 corners of the USA, encompassing approximately 10,000 square miles. Many scholars have studied this "Chaco Phenomena" and have ascertained that there was great influence from cultures of the South in what is now Mexico and Guatemala. Parrots, Macaws, cacao certain iconography and burial effects found in the Chaco Domain are consistent with materials mentioned in the Mayan Popol Vuh describing specific attributes of Ahauship (kingship) in Meso-America. These items have been found within the Chaco Domain. Implicit in the above is the use of Meso-American calendrics, which eluded scholars until recently. MacGillivray has rediscovered the use of the Hubbard site by analysis of original site interpolated with Mexica, Mayan and Zapotec; cosmological records of the Dresden Codex interfaced with the Tzolkin, showing a astronomical continuum in architecture and "day keeping traditions" for millenniums which is expressed in the Chacoan Tzolkin. The Aztec ruins in N.M. are of paramount importance in this ancient American tradition. Although having been "backfilled" years ago, the Hubbard tri-wall at Aztec, N.M. through archaeological documentation and new research proves itself to be a Venus calendar. Venus is very important in Indigenous cosmology as it represents Quetzalcoatl / Sacred Plumed Serpent, harbinger of the sun. The knowledge of Venus cycles shows advanced astronomical knowledge at Aztec suggesting that a specialized group of Shaman/Priests did live there, "the day keeper's and diviners" of the later Chaco Domain. The Hubbard Venus Calendar and Chacoan Tzolkin gives us a glimpse of what cosmology future scholars will find embodied in the two unexcavated tri-walls at Aztec on the Animas and else where in the Chaco Domain and Pan America.


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Icons of Power

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ISBN : 1136605142
Pages : 312 pages
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Download Full Icons of Power in PDF by Nicholas J. Saunders Full eBook and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-04-15 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Icons of Power investigates why the image of the cat has been such a potent symbol in the art, religion and mythology of indigenous American cultures for three thousand years. The jaguar and the puma epitomize ideas of sacrifice, cannibalism, war, and status in a startling array of graphic and enduring images. Natural and supernatural felines inhabit a shape-shifting world of sorcery and spiritual power, revealing the shamanic nature of Amerindian world views. This pioneering collection offers a unique pan-American assessment of the feline icon through the diversity of cultural interpretations, but also striking parallels in its associations with hunters, warriors, kingship, fertility, and the sacred nature of political power. Evidence is drawn from the pre-Columbian Aztec and Maya of Mexico, Peruvian, and Panamanian civilizations, through recent pueblo and Iroquois cultures of North America, to current Amazonian and Andean societies. This well-illustrated volume is essential reading for all who are interested in the symbolic construction of animal icons, their variable meanings, and their place in a natural world conceived through the lens of culture. The cross-disciplinary approach embraces archaeology, anthropology, and art history.


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Painted Architecture and Polychrome Monumental Sculpture in Mesoamerica

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ISBN : 9780884021421
Pages : 206 pages
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Download Full Painted Architecture and Polychrome Monumental Sculpture in Mesoamerica in PDF by Elizabeth Hill Boone Full eBook and published by Dumbarton Oaks. This book was released on 1985 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:


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Time and Sacrifice in the Aztec Cosmos

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Publisher : Indiana University Press
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ISBN : 9780253113917
Pages : 350 pages
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Download Full Time and Sacrifice in the Aztec Cosmos in PDF by Kay Almere Read Full eBook and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 1998-07-22 with total page 350 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This introduction to the imaginative world of the Mexica (or Aztec) explores sacrifice in the richly textured life of 16th-century Mexico. Kay Almere Read describes a universe in which every object was timed by a given lifespan and in which sacrifice was the mechanism by which time functioned. This book makes a convincing case for what sacrifice meant religiously and for how it came to be that human sacrifice of staggering proportions could be accepted, matter-of-factly, by the Mexica people.


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Remembering to Say Mouth Or Face

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ISBN : 9780932511812
Pages : 160 pages
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Download Full Remembering to Say Mouth Or Face in PDF by Omar S. Castañeda Full eBook and published by University of Alabama Press. This book was released on 1993 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this award-winning collection of short stories, Guatemalan American Omar S. Castañeda uses a unique and richly textured mixture of magic realism and "attack dog fiction" to explore the wrenching conflicts of biculturality.


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Star Gods of the Maya

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ISBN : 0292752261
Pages : 383 pages
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Download Full Star Gods of the Maya in PDF by Susan Milbrath Full eBook and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 1999-01-01 with total page 383 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars played a central role in ancient Maya lifeways, as they do today among contemporary Maya who maintain the traditional ways. This pathfinding book reconstructs ancient Maya astronomy and cosmology through the astronomical information encoded in Precolumbian Maya art and confirmed by the current practices of living Maya peoples. Susan Milbrath opens the book with a discussion of modern Maya beliefs about astronomy, along with essential information on naked-eye observation. She devotes subsequent chapters to Precolumbian astronomical imagery, which she traces back through time, starting from the Colonial and Postclassic eras. She delves into many aspects of the Maya astronomical images, including the major astronomical gods and their associated glyphs, astronomical almanacs in the Maya codices [painted books], and changes in the imagery of the heavens over time. This investigation yields new data and a new synthesis of information about the specific astronomical events and cycles recorded in Maya art and architecture. Indeed, it constitutes the first major study of the relationship between art and astronomy in ancient Maya culture.


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Rare Astronomical Sights and Sounds

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Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 3319977016
Pages : 219 pages
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Download Full Rare Astronomical Sights and Sounds in PDF by Jonathan Powell Full eBook and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-09-17 with total page 219 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ​The universe contains many unusual sights and sounds, most of which are either very difficult to witness or simply go unnoticed. With the right tools, time, and location, some of the often talked about but seldom seen and heard gems in our skies can finally be observed. This book introduces readers to the rare and ephemeral happenings above our heads. It offers a crash course in astronomical history, detailing the observations, assumptions, and inventions of different cultures over time as they turned their studies to the stars. Using this as a baseline to redefine truly "rare" occurrences, Jonathan Powell then provides modern-day astronomers at all levels with pointers for what they can witness and when. From phenomena as old and far-off as a supernova witnessed a thousand years ago, and as recent and nearby as Sputnik's famous beeping, this book covers everything that one must know to see, hear, and appreciate the astronomical events happening around us.


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The Mixtec Pictorial Manuscripts

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ISBN : 9004193588
Pages : 598 pages
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Download Full The Mixtec Pictorial Manuscripts in PDF by Maarten Jansen Full eBook and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2010-10-15 with total page 598 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This handbook surveys and describes the illustrated Mixtec manuscripts that survive in Europe, the United States and Mexico.


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Maya Sculpture of Copán

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ISBN : 080615361X
Pages : 313 pages
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Download Full Maya Sculpture of Copán in PDF by Claude F. Baudez Full eBook and published by University of Oklahoma Press. This book was released on 2015-07 with total page 313 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Copán, one of the most important Classic Maya sites, is renowned for the artistry of its high-relief stelae and altars and for the wealth of detail on its freestanding and architectural sculpture. In Maya Sculpture of Copán: The Iconography, internationally known Mayanist Claude-François Baudez provides a masterful survey of these elaborate and intriguing carved images. In Part I, Baudez identifies and deciphers the specific motifs on each monument and shows how the elements were combined to produce meaningful iconographic messages. The architectural sculpture expresses the meaning and function of the buildings and complexes, many designed to represent the sky, earth, and underworld and to serve as stages for rituals. Photographs and drawings clarify the intricate forms. Part II relates the iconography to the religion and politics of the city-state. Baudez traces the evolution of the motifs in relation to the history of Copán and the multiple functions of the king—his cosmic role, the continuous reference to his ancestors, and the dynastic cycles. Sacrifice—bloodletting by the king and the sacrifice of captives—is of paramount importance. Growth and rebirth required constant offerings of blood to the earth and to the sun, to ensure its rebirth at dawn after its nocturnal journey through the underworld. The monuments give a coherent picture of Maya cosmology.


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Night and Darkness in Ancient Mesoamerica

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ISBN : 1646421876
Pages : 369 pages
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Download Full Night and Darkness in Ancient Mesoamerica in PDF by Nancy Gonlin Full eBook and published by University Press of Colorado. This book was released on 2021-11-01 with total page 369 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Night and Darkness in Ancient Mesoamerica is the first volume to explicitly incorporate how nocturnal aspects of the natural world were imbued with deep cultural meanings and expressed by different peoples from various time periods in Mexico and Central America. Material culture, iconography, epigraphy, art history, ethnohistory, ethnographies, and anthropological theory are deftly used to illuminate dimensions of darkness and the night that are often neglected in reconstructions of the past. The anthropological study of night and darkness enriches and strengthens the understanding of human behavior, power, economy, and the supernatural. In eleven case studies featuring the residents of Teotihuacan, the Classic period Maya, inhabitants of Rio Ulúa, and the Aztecs, the authors challenge archaeologists to consider the influence of the ignored dimension of the night and the role and expression of darkness on ancient behavior. Chapters examine the significance of eclipses, burials, tombs, and natural phenomena considered to be portals to the underworld; animals hunted at twilight; the use and ritual meaning of blindfolds; night-blooming plants; nocturnal foodways; fuel sources and lighting technology; and other connected practices. Night and Darkness in Ancient Mesoamerica expands the scope of published research and media on the archaeology of the night. The book will be of interest to those who study the humanistic, anthropological, and archaeological aspects of the Aztec, Maya, Teotihuacanos, and southeastern Mesoamericans, as well as sensory archaeology, art history, material culture studies, anthropological archaeology, paleonutrition, socioeconomics, sociopolitics, epigraphy, mortuary studies, volcanology, and paleoethnobotany. Contributors: Jeremy Coltman, Christine Dixon, Rachel Egan, Kirby Farah, Carolyn Freiwald, Nancy Gonlin, Julia Hendon, Cecelia Klein, Jeanne Lopiparo, Brian McKee, Jan Marie Olson, David M. Reed, Payson Sheets, Venicia Slotten, Michael Thomason, Randolph Widmer, W. Scott Zeleznik


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History and Mythology of the Aztecs

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ISBN : 9780816518869
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Download Full History and Mythology of the Aztecs in PDF by Full eBook and published by University of Arizona Press. This book was released on 1998-06-01 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: One of the great documents of colonial Mexico, the Codex Chimalpopoca chronicles the rise of Aztec civilization and preserves the mythology on which it was based. Its two complementary texts, Annals of Cuauhtitlan and Legend of the Suns, record the pre-CortŽsian history of the Valley of Mexico together with firsthand versions of that region's myths. Of particular interest are the stories of the hero-god Quetzalcoatl, for which the Chimalpopoca is the premier source. John Bierhorst's work is the first major scholarship on the Codex Chimalpopoca in more than forty years. His is the first edition in English and the first in any language to include the complete text of the Legend of the Suns. The precise, readable translation not only contributes to the study of Aztec history and literature but also makes the codex an indispensable reference for Aztec cultural topics, including land tenure, statecraft, the role of women, the tribute system, warfare, and human sacrifice.


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The Mexico Reader

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ISBN : 1478022973
Pages : 584 pages
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Download Full The Mexico Reader in PDF by Gilbert M. Joseph Full eBook and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2022-07-29 with total page 584 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Mexico Reader is a vivid and comprehensive guide to muchos Méxicos—the many varied histories and cultures of Mexico. Unparalleled in scope, it covers pre-Columbian times to the present, from the extraordinary power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church to Mexico’s uneven postrevolutionary modernization, from chronic economic and political instability to its rich cultural heritage. Bringing together over eighty selections that include poetry, folklore, photo essays, songs, political cartoons, memoirs, journalism, and scholarly writing, this volume highlights the voices of everyday Mexicans—indigenous peoples, artists, soldiers, priests, peasants, and workers. It also includes pieces by politicians and foreign diplomats; by literary giants Octavio Paz, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Carlos Fuentes; and by and about revolutionary leaders Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. This revised and updated edition features new selections that address twenty-first-century developments, including the rise of narcopolitics, the economic and personal costs of the United States’ mass deportation programs, the political activism of indigenous healers and manufacturing workers, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mexico Reader is an essential resource for travelers, students, and experts alike.


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Peer Polity Interaction and Socio-political Change

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ISBN : 9780521229142
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Download Full Peer Polity Interaction and Socio-political Change in PDF by Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek John F Cherry Full eBook and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1986-05-29 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Thirteen leading archaeologists have contributed to this innovative study of the socio-political processes - notably imitation, competition, warfare, and the exchange of material goods and information - that can be observed within early complex societies, particularly those just emerging into statehood. The common aim is to explain the remarkable formal similarities that exist between institutions, ideologies and material remains in a variety of cultures characterised by independent political centres yet to be brought under the control of a single, unified jurisdiction. A major statement of the conceptual approach is followed by ten case studies from a wide variety of times and places, including Minoan Crete, early historic Greece and Japan, the classic Maya, the American Mid - west in the Hopewellian period, Europe in the Early Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, and the British Isles in the late Neolithic.