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Author Clendinnen, Inga.

Title The cost of courage in Aztec society : essays on Mesoamerican society and culture / Inga Clendinnen
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (v, 216 pages) : illustrations
Contents The cost of courage in Aztec Society -- 'Fierce and unnatural cruelty': Cortés and the conquest of Mexico -- Disciplining the Indians: Franciscan ideology and missionary violence in sixteenth-century Yucatán -- Ways to the sacred: reconstructing 'religion' in sixteenth century Mexico -- Landscape and world view: the survival of Yucatec Maya culture under Spanish conquest -- Breaking the mirror: from the Aztec spring festival to organ transplantation -- Reading Mr. Robinson
Summary "A collection of pathbreaking essays on Aztec and Maya culture in the sixteenth century"--Provided by publisher
"Tenochitlan, the Aztec city, was the creation of war. The courage and stamina of its young fighting men was indisputable. In the title work of this pathbreaking collection of essays, Inga Clendinnen discusses why warfare was so central to Aztec society and the ways in which the Aztecs understood their relationship to the forces governing the world and the heavens. Aztec rhetoric and Aztec ritual were unified in the endeavor to sustain a social order sufficiently in harmony with the natural order. Subsequent essays examine the survival of Yucatec Maya culture under Spanish conquest, the role of "religion" in sixteenth-century Mexico, and Hernando Cortes and the conquest of Mexico."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Aztecs -- Religion.
Aztecs -- Rites and ceremonies.
Aztecs -- Warfare -- Social aspects.
Mayas -- Rites and ceremonies.
Violence -- Mexico -- History -- 16th century.
Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009043215
ISBN 0511777965 (electronic bk.)
1139775782 (electronic bk.)
1139781812 (electronic bk.)
9780511777967 (electronic bk.)
9781139775786 (electronic bk.)
9781139781817 (electronic bk.)