Lord Eight Wind of Suchixtlan and the Heroes of Ancient Oaxaca: Reading History in the Codex Zouche…

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byRobert Lloyd WilliamsForeword byF. Kent, III ReillyIntroduction byJohn M. D. Pohl

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In the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican world, histories and collections of ritual knowledge were often presented in the form of painted and folded books now known as codices, and the knowledge itself was encoded into pictographs. Eight codices have survived from the Mixtec peoples of ancient Oaxaca, Mexico; a part of one of them, the Codex Zouche-Nuttall, is the subject of this book. As a group, the Mixtec codices contain the longest detailed histories and royal genealogies known for any indigenous people in the western hemisphere. The Codex Zouche-Nuttall offers a unique window into how the Mixtecs themselves viewed their social and political cosmos without the bias of western European interpretation. At the same time, however, the complex calendrical information recorded in the Zouche-Nuttall has made it resistant to historical, chronological analysis, thereby rendering its narrative obscure.

In this pathfinding work, Robert Lloyd Williams presents a methodology for reading the Codex Zouche-Nuttall that unlocks its essentially linear historical chronology. Recognizing that the codex is a combination of history in the European sense and the timelessness of myth in the Native American sense, he brings to vivid life the history of Lord Eight Wind of Suchixtlan (AD 935–1027), a ruler with the attributes of both man and deity, as well as other heroic Oaxacan figures. Williams also provides context for the history of Lord Eight Wind through essays dealing with Mixtec ceremonial rites and social structure, drawn from information in five surviving Mixtec codices.

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In the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican world, histories and collections of ritual knowledge were often presented in the form of painted and folded books now known as codices, and the knowledge itself was encoded into pictographs. Eight codices have survived from the Mixtec peoples of ancient Oaxaca, Mexico; a part of one of them, the Codex Z...

ROBERT LLOYD WILLIAMS, a former student of renowned Mayanist Linda Schele, has studied the Mixtec codices since the 1980s and has taught courses relating to them since 1992. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.57 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by F. Kent Reilly IIIAuthor's PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction by John M. D. PohlPart OneChapter 1: It Happened Long AgoChapter 2: The People of the CodicesChapter 3: The Narrative Structure of Codex Zouche-Nuttall ObverseChapter 4: Sacred Geography, Personified GeographyChapter 5: Caves in Mesoamerican Iconography: Chalcatzingo and the MixtecaPart TwoChapter 6: Lord Eight Wind's IntroductionChapter 7: The War from Heaven, Part OneChapter 8: The War from Heaven, Part TwoChapter 9: Lord Eight Wind's FamilyChapter 10: Transition to the Future: Eight Wind, Two Rain, and Eight DeerPart ThreeChapter 11: Rituals of Order: Codices Zouche-Nuttall and ViennaChapter 12: The Problem of the Two Dead LordsChapter 13: The Epiclassic Mixtec Ceremonial ComplexAppendix I: Biographical Sketches of Major Personnel from the Codices: Lord Eight Deer the Usurper, Lord Two Rain the King, and Lady Six Monkey of JaltepecAppendix II: Notes for Codex Zouche-Nuttall Pages 1-4Appendix III: Codex Zouche-Nuttall Reverse Day Dates on Pages 46a-48a for Year 5 Reed (AD 1095) and Lord Eight Deer's Campaign as Lord of TututepecNotesBibliographyIndex