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BOOK OF THE GODS AND RITES and THE ANCIENT CALENDAR. Translated And Edited By Fernando Horcasitas ... BOOK OF THE GODS AND RITES and THE ANCIENT CALENDAR. Translated And Edited By Fernando Horcasitas ...

BOOK OF THE GODS AND RITES and THE ANCIENT CALENDAR. Translated And Edited By Fernando Horcasitas And Doris Heyden. Foreword By Migeul Leon~Portilla.

Duran, Fray Diego

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ISBN 10: 0806112018 / ISBN 13: 9780806112015
Published by Norman OK. 1977. Univ. Of Oklahoma Press / The Civilization of the American Indian series Volume 102, 1977
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red, white, black & grey illustrated trade paperback soft cover 8vo. fine cond .binding square & tight. spine uncreased. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. third printing. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~. full color frontis. decorative title pg. xvii+502p. 7 color plates. 55 b&w plates. guide to nahuatl pronunciation. glossary of aztec names & expression. bibliographic note. bibligraphy. index. ancient history. ancient religion. astronomy. astro~mythology. archaeoastronomy. ancient literature. history of mexico. aztec empire. ~"Here I shall set down a written account of the ancient idolatries and false religion with which the devil was worshiped until the Holy Gospel was brought to this land," wrote Fray Diego Duran, a Dominican missionary to the Indians of Mexico in the late 1500's, introducing his two works about the Aztec ritual and calendar. In this, the first English translation of these classics, the translators have made available to English~speaking readers one of the most significant of all colonial accounts. Duran's stated purpose was to help the missionaries combat the religious beliefs of the Indians. But despite himself, he became deeply absorbed in their rich culture. To assure the accuracy of his account, he searched out Indian survivors of Pre~Conquest times and Spaniards who had accompanied Cortes to Mexico. He recorded descriptions of the gods and goddesses, the rituals attending their worship, the festivals and ceremonies, the ingenious calendrical system, and their occupations, games, and social life. The translators based their work on the original manuscript, now in the National Library of Madrid. Accompanying the text are reproductions of the excellent illustrations from Ramirez' nineteenth~century copy of the manuscript. The drawings vividly portray the Aztec pantheon, the temples and public buildings, and the rites and dress of the people. "The best look we possibly can have into the life~style and life~way of a most complex society."~San Francisco Examiner~Chronicle. / "What is remarkable about Duran's works is the painstaking research based on the use of native informants, pre~Hispanic manuscripts and paintings." ~Library Journal. Bookseller Inventory # 4101501

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Publisher: Norman OK. 1977. Univ. Of Oklahoma Press / The Civilization of the American Indian series Volume 102

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Soft cover

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