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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherUniversity of Utah Press
File size5.6 Mb
Release date 01.12.1957
Pages count196
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Two of the world’s leading scholars of the Aztec languageand culture have translated Sahagún’s monumental and encyclopedic study ofnative life in Mexico at the time of the Spanish Conquest. This immenseundertaking is the first complete translation into any language of Sahagún’sNahuatl text, and represents one of the most distinguished contributions in thefields of anthropology, ethnography, and linguistics.

Written between1540 and 1585, the Florentine Codex (so named because the manuscript hasbeen part of the Laurentian Library’s collections since at least 1791) is themost authoritative statement we have of the Aztecs’ lifeways and traditions—arich and intimate yet panoramic view of a doomed people.

TheFlorentine Codex is divided by subject area into twelve books andincludes over 2,000 illustrations drawn by Nahua artists in the sixteenthcentury.

Book Four delves into the Aztec’s complex astrological beliefs.The date of birth was so significant that it ultimately determined one’spersonality and future; for example, almost all born on the second daysign—called One Ocelot—became slaves.

Book Five explains the meaning ofthe many evil omens Aztecs believed in, which usually took the form of animalsand insects. It describes the consequences of each omen and the remedies, ifany, that will reverse these effects.


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