Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture (Hardcover))

Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture (Hardcover))

Elizabeth Hill Boone


In groups all through precontact Mesoamerica, calendar monks and diviners trusted pictographic almanacs to foretell the destiny of newborns, to lead humans in selecting marriage companions and auspicious marriage ceremony dates, to grasp whilst to plant and harvest vegetation, and to achieve success in lots of of life's actions. because the Spanish colonized Mesoamerica within the 16th century, they made a decided attempt to wreck those books, during which the Aztec and neighboring peoples recorded their knowing of the invisible global of the sacred calendar and the cosmic forces and supernaturals that adhered to time. at the present time, just a couple of of those divinatory codices continue to exist. Visually advanced, esoteric, and strikingly appealing, painted books equivalent to the recognized Codex Borgia and Codex Borbonicus nonetheless function portals into the traditional Mexican calendrical platforms and the cycles of time and that means they encode.

In this accomplished learn, Elizabeth Hill Boone analyzes the complete extant corpus of Mexican divinatory codices and provides a masterful rationalization of the style as a complete. She introduces the sacred, divinatory calendar and the calendar clergymen and diviners who owned and used the books. Boone then explains the image vocabulary of the calendar and its prophetic forces and describes the organizing ideas that constitution the codices. She exhibits how they shape almanacs that both supply normal function counsel or concentration topically on particular points of lifestyles, comparable to delivery, marriage, agriculture and rain, go back and forth, and the forces of the planet Venus. Boone additionally tackles significant components of controversy—the nice narrative passage within the Codex Borgia, which she freshly translates as a cosmic narrative of construction, and the disputed origins of the codices, which, she argues, grew out of a unmarried non secular and divinatory system.

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