What the Aztecs Told Me

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9780888993069: What the Aztecs Told Me

This version of the classic 16th-century story covers the Aztecs' religious rituals, describing their principal gods, the great feasts, and the importance of fire and light. It also deals with the Aztec form of government; the conduct of trade, war, and medicine; and the plants and animals of the New World. Full color.

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... [A]uthentic and tantalizing hints about life in pre-Columbian Mexico. What the Aztecs Told Me consists of brief, two- to three-sentence summaries of the native religion ... divination and the calendar, government, the healing arts, and various aspects of warfare.

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Grade 3-5. Culled from the Florentine Codex (a remarkable 12-volume encyclopedia in Nahuatl and Spanish titled Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva Espa?a written by Franciscan Friar Bernardino de Sahagun in the 16th century), this slim book whispers down the intervening ages like a ghostly voice from a remote past. "There was never a people so given over to their gods... they believed that the order of the universe and the life of man depended on it" In a sparse text that mirrors a curious mind, a series of windows are opened into a culture vanquished and vanishing even as Friar Bernardino set his ink-laden quill to parchment. Notes on religion, government, trade, and war are accompanied by humbler topics such as food, name choices for children, unusual animals and plants, and even riddles. The illustrations are taken from the Codex itself: time-faded earth-toned vignettes of fishing and healing, war and human sacrifice. Created by native artists trained by the Spanish, they retain the look of bas-reliefs carved into temples and ceremonial stelas. Despite its brevity, a revelation.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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