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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Brundage, Burr Cartwright, 1912-
A rain of darts: the Mexica Aztecs
Published By: Original publisher
Austin & London: University of Texas Press. 1972.
xviii, 354 p. maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Burr Cartwright Brundage
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
Tribe and nation (619);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Chief executive (643);
External relations (648);
Instigation of war (721);
Spirits and gods (776);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This work is a notably thorough political history of the
Aztecs, from the decline of the Toltecs through the fall of Tenochtitalan to the Spanish
and their allies. The bulk of information covers the establishment of Tenochtitlan and its
hegemony, political alliances, warfare, and religious practices (human sacrifice in
particular). Customs, cults, and myths are featured only where required to clarify the
narrative; nevertheless, a clear impression is given of Aztec life in different
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
Includes bibliographical references (p. -344)
General information in the source on the inter-relationship of the Aztec league of three
city-states -- Tlacopan, Tenochtitlan and Texcoco -- has been filed in categories 619
and/or 631. A very useful chronology of historical events relevant to the Mexica will be
found in OCMs 170 and 643
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.
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)
central highland Mexico
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings