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Aztec Domestic Ritual  

Lisa Overholtzer

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Ethnohistoric evidence emphasizes the role of women in ritualized Aztec household practices and religion that were concerned not only with household maintenance or fertility but also with ... More

The Aztec Ritual Landscape  

Leon Garcia Garagarza

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
This chapter analyzes the basic features of the Aztec ritual landscape as a historical construct that legitimized the social order and provided the models of territorial legitimacy and ... More

The Aztecs and the Catholic Church  

Louise M. Burkhart

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Under Spanish rule, Nahuas underwent evangelization by friars of the Mendicant orders. Most people accepted baptism and learned at least basic Roman Catholic doctrine. To stay in power, ... More

Creation and Cosmology: Gods and Mythic Origins in Ancient Mesoamerica  

Karl A. Taube

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses gods and mythic origins in ancient Mesoamerican thought. In ancient Mesoamerican thought, the creation and maintenance of the ordered world was only achieved through ... More

Humans and Gods in the Mexica Universe  

Guilhem Olivier

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
The Mexica developed a highly sophisticated religious system characterized by a large pantheon and numerous myths and rituals. Calendars and architecture expressed concepts of time and ... More

The Living and the Dead  

James L. Fitzsimmons

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
In ancient Mesoamerica, the dead remained social actors and, as such, they often continued to play significant roles in the lives of everyday people. Unlike contemporary Western views of ... More

Mesoamerican Religious Beliefs: The Practices and Practitioners  

F. Kent Reilly III

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
Mesoamerica was unified by a commonly held, if not unified, system of religious practice. Mesoamerican religion possessed a cosmology that saw the visible world as multitiered, consisting ... More

Sacred Places and Sacred Landscapes  

Kathryn Reese-Taylor

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses sacred places and landscapes within Mesoamerica. Sacred places and landscapes are created and evolve through human acts. While these places may reflect the ... More

State Ritual and Religion in the Sacred Precinct of Tenochtitlan  

Alfredo López Austin and Leonardo López Luján

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
The sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan was the center par excellence of divine atonement and one of the most prominent centers of liturgy in Mesoamerican history. It articulated two basic ... More

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