Ethnobotany and Aztec sexuality

 
9783895861628: Ethnobotany and Aztec sexuality

The Aztecs had two main approaches to modulate sexuality and procreation. On the one hand, Aztecs conceived magic and religion as dominating all aspects of life including sexuality and procreation. On the other hand, they knew the active properties of many plants and other natural sources which they used to stimulate or inhibit sexual drive, to procure abortion, to facilitate childbirth and to treat diseases connected with sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth. Plants were even applied by prostitutes, not only to enhance the sexual activity, but to procure good luck. This book gives a complete picture of Aztec sexuality and a profound discussion of the plants which were used to modulate sexuality. The authors draw on their deep interest and extensive experience on Aztec medicinal ethnobotany and Nahuatl linguistics to unravel a number of poorly treated related topics in a systematic, unprecedented way. Because of the many references to the original, first hand, primary sources, including codices and colonial documents, this book will appeal to anyone seriously interested in Aztec language (Nahuatl) and culture or in the history of sexuality, including scholars who are studying a subject in which Aztec sexuality is directly or indirectly involved. Contents: Introduction - Aztec attitude towards sexuality and ethnobotany (Sexuality, Ethnobotany, Religion, sexuality and plants (Tlazolteotl - Toci - Xochiquetzal - Xochipilli - Macuilxochitl - - Other gods associated with sexuality - Plants as divine beings)) - Fertility and sterility - Aphrodisiacs - Prostitution - Diseases and sexuality - Abortion - Pregnancy and childbirth - Nahuatl (and other indigenous) plant names - Latin plant names - Glossary of non-plant Nahuatl words - References. LINCOM Studies in Anthropology 11.

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Elferink, Jan G.R.; José Antonio Flores Farfán
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Book Description LINCOM, 2010. Softcover. Book Condition: Neu. Dust Jacket Condition: Gut. 1. Auflage. 170mm x 240mm The Aztecs had two main approaches to modulate sexuality and procreation. On the one hand, Aztecs conceived magic and religion as dominating all aspects of life including sexuality and procreation. On the other hand, they knew the active properties of many plants and other natural sources which they used to stimulate or inhibit sexual drive, to procure abortion, to facilitate childbirth and to treat diseases connected with sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth. Plants were even applied by prostitutes, not only to enhance the sexual activity, but to procure good luck. This book gives a complete picture of Aztec sexuality and a profound discussion of the plants which were used to modulate sexuality. The authors draw on their deep interest and extensive experience on Aztec medicinal ethnobotany and Nahuatl linguistics to unravel a number of poorly treated related topics in a systematic, unprecedented way. Because of the many references to the original, first hand, primary sources, including codices and colonial documents, this book will appeal to anyone seriously interested in Aztec language (Nahuatl) and culture or in the history of sexuality, including scholars who are studying a subject in which Aztec sexuality is directly or indirectly involved. 1. Introduction Scope Sources 2. Aztec attitude towards sexuality and ethnobotany Sexuality Ethnobotany Religion, sexuality and plants - Tlazolteotl - Toci - Xochiquetzal - Xochipilli - Macuilxochitl - Other gods associated with sexuality - Plants as divine beings 3. Fertility and sterility The importance of fertility Plants for fertility Plants and sterility Anaphrodisiacs Birth-control 4. Aphrodisiacs Plants as aphrodisiacs Animals as aphrodisiacs Hallucinogens and aphrodisiacs 5. Prostitution General aspects The female prostitute Religion and prostitution Male prostitution Ethnobotany and prostitution - Tzictli - Teonanacatl - Poyomatli - Coapatli, coanenepilli 6. Diseases and sexuality General aspects Nanahuatl (“mal de las bubas”, syphilis) Diseases of the genitals Diseases due to illicit love Plants against miscellaneous diseases 7. Abortion Abortion and culture Prevention and care after abortion Illegal abortion and abortifacient plants 8. Pregnancy and childbirth The midwife Women’s diseases Pregnancy and delivery - Precautions during pregnancy - Delivery - Troubles after delivery Magic and birth Ceremonies in relation with birth and early childhood Plants of special importance in connection with childbirth and delivery - Cihuapatli - Picietl - Yauhtli - Iztauhyatl Nahuatl (and other indigenous) plant names Latin plant names Glossary of non-plant Nahuatl words References LINCOM Studies in Anthropology 11. 138pp. 2010. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895861628

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