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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Durán, Diego, d. 1588?
Book of the gods and rites and the ancient calendar
Published By: Original publisher
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1971 [second
printing 1975]. 24, 502 p., 63 plates ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
By Fray Diego Durán ; Translated and edited by Fernando
Horcasitas and Doris Heyden. Foreword by Miguel León-Portilla
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
General character of religion (771);
Spirits and gods (776);
Historical reconstruction (174);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Religious and educational structures (346);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Visual arts (5311);
Ordering of time (805);
Special garments (292);
Military organization (701);
Discipline and morale (703);
Rest days and holidays (527);
Chief executive (643);
Normal garb (291);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This work is a reconstruction of pre-Conquest Aztec
religion and calendrics by a sympathetic mid-sixteenth century Dominican friar who spoke
Nahuatl and interviewed numerous informants; there is an extensive introductory biography
of the author. Although undoubtedly colored by a half-century of ongoing evangelization
(continuities in certain practices are noted disapprovingly), the first of two translated
documents contains invaluable information on the principal Aztec gods and goddesses, their
temples, and their ceremonies; the second is a description of the Aztec calendar and the
chief ceremonies of each month. Although most of the illustrations refer to pre-Conquest
themes, the artistry shows European influence.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Uniform Title: Libro de los dioses y ritos.
English|Translation of: [Libero de los dioses y ritos and El calendario antiguo] Includes
bibliographical references (p. 478-484)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Marlene Martin ; John Beierle ; 1984
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, and eastern State
of Mexico, Mexico
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings