The Aztecs; Their History, Manners, And Customs by Lucien BiartThe Aztecs; Their History, Manners, And Customs by Lucien Biart

The Aztecs; Their History, Manners, And Customs

byLucien Biart

Paperback | January 17, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Eve have, so to speak, no history in the past of the New World. We shall now treat of the religion, the government, and the arts cultivated by the Aztecs. In these new studies the barrenness of the subject will possibly be atoned for by the curiosity which cannot fail to be aroused by strange modes of action, often the very opposite of our own, and always very different from those of the ancient peoples of whom we generally read. Besides, the description of their political and private ethics, their customs and laws, gives the clearest idea of the intelligence, the dignity, and the wisdom, no less than of the sanguinary aberrations of the Aztec people. We have already learned enough of their race, too often confounded with that of the heroes of Fenimore Cooper, to comprehend that they could do something besides follow a trail, chase a buffalo (an animal unknown in the country subjugated by the Aztecs), or smoke the calumet, whose name and use was unknown to them. CHAPTER VI. Cosmogony.--The Four Ages Of The Un1verse.--Aztec Mythology.--Teotl.--The Soul.--The Deluge.--The Gods. BEFORE approaching the particular mythology of the Aztecs, it seems necessary to cast a rapid glance over the general beliefs of the Nahuatlacs in regard to the creation of the universe and of man. The reader is about to enter the regions of pure fable, and to hear tales that are sometimes childish; but these earliest ideas of primitive peoples on their origin and the origin of things are never without instruction; distant, dying, distorted echoes of what might have been, they none the less enlighten the mind with unexpected flashes, and give us glimpses of truth. According to the Nahuatlacs, there existed, before the creation of the universe, a heaven, inhabited by Tonacatecuhtli and...
Title:The Aztecs; Their History, Manners, And CustomsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021757193X

ISBN - 13:9780217571937