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By William L. Fash, David Carrasco

Because of the 4 years of cooperative study among the collage of Colorado and the Templo Mayor undertaking of Mexico?’s nationwide Institute of Anthropology and background, Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes (formerly to be had as to alter position) bargains new interpretive versions from the fields of archaeoastronomy, heritage of faith, anthropology, paintings historical past, and archaeology. incorporated are contributions via such famous specialists as Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Dav?­d Carrasco, Alfredo L??pez Austin, Doris Heyden, Richard F. Townsend, Anthony Aveni, Henry B. Nicholson, Elizabeth Boone, Felipe Solis, and Johanna Broda, with a brand new advent via William Fash.

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Since that first meeting and during collaborative discussions at numerous seminars, we have altered our point of view from focusing on a "centered mass" that is, the Templo Mayorto surveying a "sensitive grid"that is, numerous interrelated ceremonial centers in the Basin of Mexico; thus the title of this volume: To Change Place: Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes. This emphasis on a change of place refers not only to how Aztec priests, warriors, rulers, and commoners changed social and symbolic place through movement and ritual action, but also how a working group of scholars, benefiting by the interaction of numerous disciplinary approaches, have developed elements of a new interpretive framework for the study of the dynamics of Aztec centers and peripheries.

An Early Stage of El Templo Mayor (Stage II, c. D. 1390). This is the northern side of the temple, ruled by Tlaloc. 2). Immediately, it reminded us of some stone and ceramic faces that we had studied in 1970 and that were identified as possible representations of facial paralysis (see Matos 1970), an illness that occurs for various reasons, among them a traumatism or a severe chill. It affects the facial nerves and muscles, paralyzing half of the face. When the affected individual tries to cat, talk, or laugh, there is a very characteristic expression on one-half of the face.

This exchange was followed by Alfredo López Austin's presentation on historical tales and creation mythology from peoples within the Basin of Mexico. His paper about the relations of mythology to history and the human body was built on his recent rare achievement, The Human Body and Ideology. Another working group, consisting of Henry B. " This group addressed a number of issues, including the problem of understanding continuity and change in the use of octli from Tetzcoco to Los Angeles, and raised the question of how we come to know ancient ritual practices of drinking given the impact of colonialism on the evidence and the fact that we are so involved in the present.

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