Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire: Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition

Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire: Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition

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By (author) David Carrasco

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 278mm x 16mm | 339g
  • Publication date: 15 June 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226094901
  • ISBN 13: 9780226094908
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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David Carrasco draws from the perspectives of the history of religions, anthropology, and urban ecology to explore the nature of the complex symbolic form of Quetzalcoatl in the organization, legitimation, and subversion of a large segment of the Mexican urban tradition. His new Preface addresses this tradition in the light of the Columbian quincentennial. This book, rich in ideas, constituting a novel approach . . . represents a stimulating and provocative contribution to Mesoamerican studies. . . . Recommended to all serious students of the New World's most advanced indigenous civilization.--H. B. Nicholson, Man

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David Carrasco is professor of history of religion and director of the Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.