Brundage, Burr Cartwright, 1912-. A rain of darts: the Mexica Aztecs

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1. The Fall Of Tula

The Scene

Teotihuacan And The Fall Of Tula 4

The People Of Godland

Culhuacan And The Legitimacy

The Entry Of Xolotl


Who The Aztecs Were

Aztec Agreement On The Past

2. The Mexica Gain A King

The Road From Aztlan

The Mexica In Chapultepec

The Night Of The Mexica

The Founding Myth Of Tenochtitlan

The Early Years Of The City

The Imperial Title And Azcapotzalco

The Mexica As Wards Of Tezozomoc

3. Mexico Under Tezozomoc

The First Tlatoani In Mexico

Life In Tlatilulco

Tenochtitlan And Its Culua Blood

The Calpulli

Life In The Early City

Azcapotzalco's Fighting Vassal

Marriage Alliances Of The Mexican Royal Houses

The Call For A Caesar

Tezozomoc And The Death Of Ixtlilxochitl

The Death Of Tezozomoc

4. The Tepaneca War

Tenochca Arrogance And The Death Of Tezozomoc

Maxtla's Murders

Mexico Changes Sides

The Tlacaelel Embassy

The Tepaneca War Opens

The Spoils

The Tepaneca War: Middle Phase

Nezahualcoyotl And The End Of The War

The Aftermath For Tlatilulco

The Source Of Dynastic Greatness

5. The Composition Of Heaven And Earth

Huitzilopochtli, The Tribal God

Cihuacoatl, The Goddess

The Meaning Of War

The Flower War

Human Sacrifice Among The Mexica

The Act Of Sacrifice

Mexico Rewrites Its History

The Teuctli

6. Moteuczoma I And The State

Mexico Breaks Out Of The Basin

Moteuczoma And The Council Of Four

The Three City League Proclaimed

The Three City League

The Tlatoani

Mexico On The Tarascan Frontier

Organization Of The Imperial State

Courts And Judges

The Mexica Define Their State

Flood, Frost, And Famine

Reconstruction Of The Calendar And The New Year

7. The Wars Of Moteuczoma

Mexico Emerges From The Famine

Background Of The Chalca War

The Chalca War

Tlascala And The Three Cities

War Against Huaxtecs And Mixtecs

The Taking Of Totonacapan

Oaxaca And The Road Of The Caravans

8. The Sacred Nature Of The Mexican State

The Cultic Orientation Of The Mexican State



Quetzalcoatl, Patron Of The Calmecac

Chichimec Titans

Quetzalcoatl In Myth And History

Quetzalcoatl As An Omen To Mexico

9. The Reign Of Axayacatl

The Installation Of Moquiuix

Axayacatl Succeeds Moteuczoma

The Approach Of Civil War

The War Of Defilement

Tlatilulco Defeated

The Wrath Of Mexico

The Advance To The Tarascan Frontier

Mexico Defeated At Zamacoyahuac

The Wounding Of Axayacatl

10. Two Kings Of The Middle Period

The Region Of Tizoc 1

Tlacaelel And The Election Of Ahuitzotl

The Personality Of Ahuitzotl 15

A Colonial Foundation And A Temple Dedication

Imperial Tyranny Under Ahuitzotl

The Great Penetration Of The Southeast

How The Aztec States Were Bound Together

The Flood

The Death Of A Ruler

11. Moteuczoma Ii And The Presences

The Admonition

The Election Of Moteuczoma Ii

The Person Of Moteuczoma Ii

Presages Of An Evil Reign

The Failure Of Mexico's Tlateputzca Policy

War In The Southeast

Years Of Omens

Schism In Tezcoco

The Coming Of The Spaniards

12. The Failure Of A Mexican Tlatoani

Two Years And Four Months

The Centaurs On The Coast

The Lesson Of Cholula

The Crumbling Of The League

The Arrest Of Moteuczoma

The Deeds Of A Captive Tlatoani

The Release Of Cuitlahuac

The Death Of Moteuczoma

The Reign Of Cuitlahuac

13. Of What Advantage Pride?

Mexico Purges The Peace Party

The War Of Position

The Siege

So It Befell Us On Earth

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: 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. Aztecs (NU07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF History (175); Tribe and nation (619); Territorial hierarchy (631); Chief executive (643); External relations (648); Instigation of war (721); Warfare (726); 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 periods.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 35

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. nu07-035

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-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 not applicable

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 Historian-4

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). 1168-1521

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 Aztecs--History


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