By Mary Ellen Miller

ISBN-10: 0500279284

ISBN-13: 9780500279281

Мифы, верования и культура древней Мезоамерики (майя, ацтеки, тольтеки)

»The Gods and emblems of historical Mexico and the Maya» is the first-ever English-language dictionary
of Mesoamerican mythology and faith. approximately three hundred entries, from accession to yoke, describe the most gods
and symbols of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs.
Topics variety from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from production bills and sacred areas
to ritual practices reminiscent of bloodletting, confession, dance, and pilgrimage.

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For the Postclassic Maya of Yucatán, the end of the 365-day year was a major concern, whereas for the Aztecs, it was the completion of the 52-year cycle. The completion of major Long Count cycles must have been of momentous significance to the Classic Maya. 0) of the Maya Long Count in AD 830 was a major reason for the Classic Maya collapse. The ending and renewal of calendrical periods were commonly expressed through concepts of world creation and destruction. In fact, the New Year rites of the Yucatec and the New Fire ceremony of the Aztecs concerned the reassertion of the ordered world from the forces of chaos and darkness.

Following the fall of Tenochtitlan to the Spanish in 1521, Mesoamerican religion was rapidly transformed. Many of the more elaborate manifestations associated with the elite, such as hieroglyphic writing and iconography, virtually ceased to exist by the end of the 16th c. Native temples, sculptures, and books were systematically destroyed. The Spanish conquerors vigorously suppressed native religious ceremon­ ies, particularly those involving human sacriBce. The rituals, mythology, and gods This scene from the Yanhuitian Codex depicts two Mixtee noMes standing behind a Dominican priest.

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