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    The Fifth Sun: Aztec Gods, Aztec World (Texas Pan American Series) (Paperback) By (author) Burr Cartwright Brundage, Illustrated by Roy E. Anderson

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    DescriptionThe ancient Aztecs dwelt at the center of a dazzling and complex cosmos. From this position they were acutely receptive to the demands of their gods. The Fifth Sun represents a dramatic overview of the Aztec conception of the universe and the gods who populated it - Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent; Tezcatlipoca, the Smoking Mirror; and Huitzilopochtli, the Southern Hummingbird. Burr Cartwright Brundage explores the myths behind these and others in the Aztec pantheon in a way that illuminates both the human and the divine in Aztec life. The cult of human sacrifice is a pervasive theme in this study. It is a concept that permeated Aztec mythology and was the central preoccupation of the aggressive Aztec state. Another particularly interesting belief explored here is the "mask pool," whereby gods could exchange regalia and, thus, identities. This vivid and eminently readable study also covers the use of hallucinogens; cannibalism; the calendars of ancient Mexico; tlachtli, the life-and-death ball game; the flower wars; divine transfiguration; and the evolution of the war god of the Mexica. A splendid introduction to Aztec religion, The Fifth Sun also contains insights for specialists in ethnohistory, mythology, and religion.


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    Title
    The Fifth Sun
    Subtitle
    Aztec Gods, Aztec World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Burr Cartwright Brundage, Illustrated by Roy E. Anderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 284
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292724389
    ISBN 10: 0292724381
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000
    B&T Approval Code: A13380000, A15601800
    DC19: 299.78
    DC22: 299/.7
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: F1219.3.R38 B7
    Thema V1.0: NH
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 September 1983
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX