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READ KINDLE ⚷ Mexican and Central American Mythology Ç Discusses the religious beliefs and legends of the Mexican and Central American Indians in pre Hispanic times This book was very Nahua Aztec centric, which detracts for me as I was looking for someculturally well rounded information I learned a few new things, and the author made some interesting arguments, but the fact of the matter is that anthropological and arcaheological understanding of most of the non Aztec peoples of Central America just wasn t that developed at time this book was published and so much must be read with a very skeptical eye Specifically, the level of knowledge about the This book was very Nahua Aztec centric, which detracts for me as I was looking for someculturally well rounded information I learned a few new things, and the author made some interesting arguments, but the fact of the matter is that anthropological and arcaheological understanding of most of the non Aztec peoples of Central America just wasn t that developed at time this book was published and so much must be read with a very skeptical eye Specifically, the level of knowledge about the specific gods and their effects and mythologies are extremely primitive, and still are.Also, the heavyhanded moralizing about human and animal sacrifice got old very, very fast There are really only so many times in a book about mythology and symbolism, no less when its appropriate to talk about how blood sacrifice is wrong, barbaric, and led to the destruction of their civilizations Even though this is a dated work, I still prefer a certain level of respect and unbiased writing in an scientist s account of their subject This is perhaps the most well written of the Hamlyn books I ve read, and the author comes across asof an expert than the others Like the Egyptian one, this book had a thesis geared to dispelling popular misconceptions about the myth at hand that Mexican theology was not centered around subjugation and the sacrifice of human hearts, but that such things came later with the Aztec conquest before then, the Nahua and Mayan religions emphasized the self sacrifice of the humble and the victor This is perhaps the most well written of the Hamlyn books I ve read, and the author comes across asof an expert than the others Like the Egyptian one, this book had a thesis geared to dispelling popular misconceptions about the myth at hand that Mexican theology was not centered around subjugation and the sacrifice of human hearts, but that such things came later with the Aztec conquest before then, the Nahua and Mayan religions emphasized the self sacrifice of the humble and the victory of the spiritual over the material or base urges Unlike the Egyptian book, this one made a good case for the thesis, although Nicholson tends to over explicate the various symbols in the myths to the point of stretching credibility Other than its main thrust, the most interesting aspect of the book was its bewildering presentation of the amazingly accurate and complex Maya and Aztec calendar I would hope this book is true that the Nahua religion contained a deeply mystical aspect apart from, but perhaps induced by, the strict rituals, and that some, or many, aspired to Omoteotl, a divine reality beyond the system of gods and blood sacrifice Unfortunately, the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs indicates that war and sacrifice were a historical commonplace throughout Mesoamerica, not the decadent aberration Ms Nicholson depicts it as being Could not the two the reaching out for di I would hope this book is true that the Nahua religion contained a deeply mystical aspect apart from, but perhaps induced by, the strict rituals, and that some, or many, aspired to Omoteotl, a divine reality beyond the system of gods and blood sacrifice Unfortunately, the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs indicates that war and sacrifice were a historical commonplace throughout Mesoamerica, not the decadent aberration Ms Nicholson depicts it as being Could not the two the reaching out for divinity and the constant warfare and bloodshed coexist as two extremes, both sublime and degrading The photos and reproductions from the codices are wonderful, for the most part not the same old images shown in every survey study Well worth reading, if only as a contrast withtimid and disengaged presentations of Aztec mostly mythology