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Tezcatlipoca: Trickster and Supreme Deity brings archaeological evidence into the body of scholarship on a€œthe lord of the smoking mirror, a€ one of the most important Aztec deities. While iconographic and textual resources from sixteenth-century chroniclers and codices have contributed greatly to the understanding of Aztec religious beliefs and practices, contributors to this volume demonstrate the diverse ways material evidence expands on these traditional sources. The interlocking complexities of Tezcatlipocaa€™s nature, multiple roles, and metaphorical attributes illustrate the extent to which his influence penetrated Aztec belief and social action across all levels of late Postclassic central Mexican culture. Tezcatlipoca examines the results of archaeological investigationsa€”objects like obsidian mirrors, gold, bells, public stone monuments, and even a mosaic skulla€”and reveals new insights into the supreme deity of the Aztec pantheon and his role in Aztec culture.This chapter is an exploratory essay to see what kind of insights might be gained from a more systematic ... of Aztec ritual practice simply by looking at a wide range of items instead of focusing solely on the best-known and finest examples.

Author: Elizabeth Baquedano
Publisher:University Press of Colorado - 2014-02-12

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