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History and Mythology of the Aztecs
The Codex Chimalpopoca
By John Bierhorst
238 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 1998
Paper (978-0-8165-1886-9) [s]
  
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  - Latin American Studies


One of the great documents of colonial Mexico, the Codex Chimalpopoca chronicles the rise of Aztec civilization and preserves the mythology on which it was based. Its two complementary texts, Annals
Increases our chances of understanding the perspectives and procedures of native Mesoamerican prehistory.

—Bulletin of Latin American Research

It is a careful scholarly translation which alerts the reader to differences of opinion as to translation interpretations and paleographic readings of the documents by previous scholars.

—Nahua Newsletter

of Cuauhtitlan and Legend of the Suns, record the pre-Cortésian history of the Valley of Mexico together with firsthand versions of that region's myths. Of particular interest are the stories of the hero-god Quetzalcoatl, for which the Chimalpopoca is the premier source. John Bierhorst's work is the first major scholarship on the Codex Chimalpopoca in more than forty years. His is the first edition in English and the first in any language to include the complete text of the Legend of the Suns. The precise, readable translation not only contributes to the study of Aztec history and literature but also makes the codex an indispensable reference for Aztec cultural topics, including land tenure, statecraft, the role of women, the tribute system, warfare, and human sacrifice.


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