Mexican and Central American antiquities, calendar systems, and history Volume 28; twenty-four papers

9781236043252: Mexican and Central American antiquities, calendar systems, and history Volume 28; twenty-four papers
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...the creator of the world and of men, the Iztao Mixcoatl, who, as Motolinia reports, lived in the north, in Chicomoztoc, and from whom and his wife, Ilancueye, descended the different nations of the world, that is, of Mexico. The deities of the evening twilight, who are represented on the west side of the court of Palace I (fragments 6 to 9 of plate xxxix), have. almost all of them, a beard of the kind that is given to Quetzalcoatl, to the creative god Tonacatecutli. and occasionally also to the moon god, and several of the figures wear a tusklike curved peg in the under lip. The Mexicans called this tez-eaca-necuilli, and in the historical picture writings the warriors of Uexotzinco and Tlaxcallan are generally drawn with it (see 6, figure 81). The style of dressing the hair and the adornment vary somewhat in other particulars, but one has the impression that these were mere calligraphic variants or different forms of the same deity. Each held a spear thrower in one hand and spears in the other, the gods are probably thus characterized as gods of war and of the chase. As for the rest of the figures, we have, first, in fragment 6. on the left side, a deer facing downwards (recognizable by the hoofs) and clothed in a petticoat bordered with stone knives. Then comes an eagle, then a second form facing downwards which has the feet and claws of the jaguar: in fragment 7, a deer with two heads; in fragment 8, a figure difficult of interpretation, in which the petticoat bordered with stone knives occurs again: finally, in fragment 10, are intertwined blossoming branches set with thorns or points. The south side of the court of Palace I, from which I have been able to copy fragment 10 of plate xxxix. is the most uniform. The border, like that on the north side, con...

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