Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology

Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology

by Kay Almere Read, Jason J. Gonzalez

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Overview

Critically acclaimed introduction of broad scope to the myths of Mesoamerica from ancient times to the present.


• Bibliography of print and nonprint sources for further research

• Introduction placing mythology in social and historical context

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874369984
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2000
Series: World Mythology
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Kay Almere Read is associate professor of comparative religion at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Jason González is a graduate student of anthropology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1Introduction1
Myths and the Real World4
The Mesoamerican Mythmakers7
Who are the Mesoamericans?7
How Do We Know about Mesoamericans?12
The Mythmakers' Worldviews18
Cosmic Topography20
Power-filled Inhabitants24
Calendrically Determined Transformation26
Sacrifice29
Mesoamerican Cultural History32
1.The Paleo-Indian (ca. 25,000 B.C.-7000 B.C.)36
2.The Archaic (ca. 7000-2000 B.C.)37
3.The Preclassic Period (ca. 2000 B.C.-A.D. 250)38
4.The Classic Period (ca. A.D. 250-900/1000)45
5.The Postclassic Period (ca. A.D. 900/1000-1521)52
6.The Spanish Conquest and Colonization of Mesoamerica (1521-1808)60
7.Independence to the Present (1808-2000)67
Notes76
2Mythic Timelines79
Two Mythic Histories: K'iche' and Nahua81
K'iche' Maya History81
Nahua History90
Mythological Time114
Time's Purpose115
Time's Workings117
Notes123
3Deities, Themes, and Concepts127
Acamapichtli, Lord127
Ahuitzotl, Lord128
Ajitz C'oxol130
Bacabs130
Bats132
Blood Woman134
Calendar Deities135
Canek137
Chac and the Chacs139
Chalchiuhtlicue140
Christ143
Cihuacoatl147
Cizin149
Coatlicue150
Cortes, Fernando (Hernan)152
Coyolxauhqui154
Cuauhtemoc, Lord156
Dead, Day of the158
Deer161
Devil164
Dogs170
Earth, Agricultural, and Hunting Deities173
Feathered Serpents180
Fifth Sun183
God L184
Guadalupe, Virgin of185
Gukumatz190
Hero Twins (Hunahpu and Xbalanque)191
Huitzilopochtli193
Hunab Ku195
Itzamna196
Ix Chel198
Jurakan200
Kinich Ahau200
Kukulcan201
La Llorona202
Malinche204
Moon207
Motecuhzoma I (Ilhuicamina), Lord211
Motecuhzoma II (Xocoyotzin), Lord213
Nahual (Nagual)215
1-Death (Hun Came) and 7-Death (Vucub Came)217
Opossums218
Pacal221
Quetzalcoatl223
Rain and Water Deities228
Saints232
Sky Deities and Beings238
Sun246
Tezcatlipoca250
Tizoc, Lord254
Tlacaellel255
Tlaloc and the Tlaloques256
Underworld and Caves, Deities of the258
Yum Kaax (Diving God)265
4Annotated Print and Nonprint Resources267
Books and Articles267
Videos274
Pre-Conquest Mexican and Mayan274
Post-Conquest-Contemporary Mexico276
Contemporary Central America277
Web Sites278
General Mesoamerica278
Maya280
Ancient and Contemporary Mexico283
Reference List285
Glossary303
Index315
About the Authors337

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