León Portilla, Miguel. Aztec thought and culture: a study of the ancient Nahuatl mind

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Title: Aztec thought and culture: a study of the ancient Nahuatl mind

Published By: Norman: University of Oklahoma Press . 1963. xxiv, 237 p., 8 plates ill., map

By line: By Miguel León-Portilla ; translated from the Spanish by Jack Emory Davis

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Aztecs (NU07)

Subjects: Philosophy (812); Cosmology (772); Literary texts (539); Mythology (773); Reviews and critiques (114); Humanistic studies (814);

Abstract: This source attempts to reconstruct Aztec thought—cosmology, metaphysics, theology, history, art, human nature, and the acquisition of knowledge—as revealed in Nahuatl texts. There is particular reliance on the accounts given by informants belonging to the last generation schooled in the concepts prior to the Conquest.

Document Number: 23

Document ID: nu07-023

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English translation from Spanish

Note: A translation and adaptation of the author's La filosofía náhuatl|Uniform Title: Filosofía náhuatl. English

Field Date: not applicable

Evaluation: Ethnohistorian-4

Analyst: Marlene Martin ; 1984

Coverage Date: 1500-1521

Coverage Place: central highland Mexico

LCSH: Nahua philosophy/Aztec philosophy


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