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Aztecs: An Interpretation This book should have been called Aztecs an invention The author exercises anthropology on what she admits is a picture of historical people that she had to make up herself, since the sources are not really adequate for what she set out to do So as a piece of science, I cannot see much merit in this However, as an exercise in creative world building, this was very enjoyable Also be mindful that all of humanities worst writing tics are here on full and proud display. The city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies inIn recreating the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years, this study binds the key experiences and concerns of social existence to the mannered violence of ritual killings An analysis of Aztec culture, insofar as it can be reconstructed With some information on its history It was rather brief Two lifespans would have been enough to encompass it from its beginnings to its fall before the Spanish.It can be a bit grim It starts with talking about the main city itself and its environment, including such details as the occasions when lords gave food to the commoners, and ceremonial feasting, whose god was touchy and would make you choke if you offended him, but the An analysis of Aztec culture, insofar as it can be reconstructed With some information on its history It was rather brief Two lifespans would have been enough to encompass it from its beginnings to its fall before the Spanish.It can be a bit grim It starts with talking about the main city itself and its environment, including such details as the occasions when lords gave food to the commoners, and ceremonial feasting, whose god was touchy and would make you choke if you offended him, but then it goes into the social roles The first of which is on victim Which does go into the possibility An interesting point is that while many victims were helpless, others were needed to perform correctly, often under circumstances where drugs would interfere rather than subdue the victim The roles of warrior, priest, and merchant for men all men were in theory warriors, at least until they were shamed by not having taken a sacrificial captive in their first fights Those commoners who did were elevated, though not quite noble the Spaniards described them as Gray Knights , who were in Spain elevated commoners The problem of dealing with sorcerers Spanish sources treat them asmarginal than they actually were, if you read between the lines Sorcerers were regarded as shapeshifters Those of noble blood could be fierce animals, or a coyote Commoners could only manage less beasts Women as wives and mothers The midwife s greeting to a newborn girl emphasized her home bound status even beyond the reality The perils of a woman who died in childbirth you had to take her body out by knocking a hole in the wall, and warriors would try to steal parts of the corpse for its magical effect and after a time accompanying the sun to sunset set, such a woman would turn into a dangerous monster, and these monsters would in due course destroy the world During the fifty two year rite that marked the transition from one bundle of years to the next, there was the great peril that the world would end and pregnant women were locked in granaries to contain them Yes it s full of pleasant details like that For instance, children were shifted from infants to actual children at a rite every four years It involved keeping them awake all night and getting them drunk Not light reading, but full of detail A strange book of history, which engages imaginationthan most When you re talking about the Aztecs, though, that might be necessary I m not sure how well it holds up, but regardless of the historical accuracy I think Clendinnen unearths some real human truths This was a muchemotional and, in parts, disturbing read than most accounts of a world long gone Not disturbing because I felt the Aztecs were in some way wrong, but because the worldview that Clendingen describes begins to A strange book of history, which engages imaginationthan most When you re talking about the Aztecs, though, that might be necessary I m not sure how well it holds up, but regardless of the historical accuracy I think Clendinnen unearths some real human truths This was a muchemotional and, in parts, disturbing read than most accounts of a world long gone Not disturbing because I felt the Aztecs were in some way wrong, but because the worldview that Clendingen describes begins to make so much sense that it s painful to know how it ended Having a life long interest in Mesoamerica, I find Ms Clendinnen s take on the Aztecs absorbing, and have returned to read parts of it again and again She gets behind and beneath the culture and its attitudes, examining the world view not just from the elites, but from the viewpoint of women, artists and slaves Most interesting is her examination of the warrior culture, and as she put it in the title of another of her books, The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society If you like this one, re Having a life long interest in Mesoamerica, I find Ms Clendinnen s take on the Aztecs absorbing, and have returned to read parts of it again and again She gets behind and beneath the culture and its attitudes, examining the world view not just from the elites, but from the viewpoint of women, artists and slaves Most interesting is her examination of the warrior culture, and as she put it in the title of another of her books, The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society If you like this one, read Esther Pasztory I am well versed in the Aztec culture before I read this book The Aztec culture had some admirable aspects to it and some appalling practices This book lays it out in a non traditional way The book is part narrative, part historical account, and part legendary This is the only way to truly understand the Aztec culture and their world Their religion, warfare, culture and art were all intertwined I found this book to a solid piece of scholarly writing and cultural insight I would recommend I am well versed in the Aztec culture before I read this book The Aztec culture had some admirable aspects to it and some appalling practices This book lays it out in a non traditional way The book is part narrative, part historical account, and part legendary This is the only way to truly understand the Aztec culture and their world Their religion, warfare, culture and art were all intertwined I found this book to a solid piece of scholarly writing and cultural insight I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learnabout the Aztec Empire so far I am getting a feeling that this woman wants people to understand that as aztecas they were not monsters, that there was a clear and pertinent reason for the sacrifices they made as a people, as a kalpulli, as a family and as people who were caretakers of the land they lived on All we have to give back is our blood and flesh, so we gave it to replenish and continue to be part of instead apart from the earth Tonanztin our Mother, Sacred Mother Although I can say I would not want to be so far I am getting a feeling that this woman wants people to understand that as aztecas they were not monsters, that there was a clear and pertinent reason for the sacrifices they made as a people, as a kalpulli, as a family and as people who were caretakers of the land they lived on All we have to give back is our blood and flesh, so we gave it to replenish and continue to be part of instead apart from the earth Tonanztin our Mother, Sacred Mother Although I can say I would not want to be a sacrifice, to die, to leave here just yet, I do understand what is being said so far It s good for us to give back for what we take so much of This was done with great respect devotion, dedication, care and ceremony Whether slaves or captives from another tribe, the people who were offered or offered themselves were known and cared for This means something very deep to me on a Spiritual level I will writeas I read on Clendinnen goes out on a limb here, and for that I think we should respect her She is crossing the lines between anthropology and sociology, fact and fiction What we don t know about the intimacies of Pre columbian Mexica culture, Clendinnen attempts to fill in using testimony from Aztec nobles three or four generatons removed from the conquest IT s as close as we can get, and if factually inaccurate or insecure, it is at the very least important for putting real faces and emotions and experi Clendinnen goes out on a limb here, and for that I think we should respect her She is crossing the lines between anthropology and sociology, fact and fiction What we don t know about the intimacies of Pre columbian Mexica culture, Clendinnen attempts to fill in using testimony from Aztec nobles three or four generatons removed from the conquest IT s as close as we can get, and if factually inaccurate or insecure, it is at the very least important for putting real faces and emotions and experiences to the Mexica people Aztec is actually incorrect in this title, and she notes it herself Aztec refers to the political system, not the people, as many of them were involuntarily subscribed to it by forced labor and tribute by the Aztec governement, fyi One of the surest evocations of pre Cortes Americas , ignores basic male rhetoric applying structures from the west onto this far west far east , and showcases a society of fluctuating boundaries female roles are nuanced for the first time in central american anthropology of this era Values, sharing, warfare all have alterations from our norms that offer unusual alternates. I appreciate Clendinnen s attempts to find the underlying world view and social structure that made such a blood thirsty culture functional and even successful especially in light of the limited sources that Ms Clendinnen had to work with I read this book as research for my own fiction writing, and it sparked off a lot of ideas.


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