Huitziláihuitl (reigned 1395-1417), the Aztec emperor recognizable by his symbol of the hummingbird with white feathers, sits on his throne at right.
Chicomoztoc, which means “seven caves,” the place from which the Aztec believed they came, was the Nahautl word for the mouth or womb. In the Aztec myth of creation, the Mexica left the bowels of the earth and settled in Aztlán, from which they acquired the name Aztec and from […]
Shadows of the world of pre-contact Maya society come to us mostly from the records of the Spaniards themselves. Of the records that have survived, court decisions and the narratives presented in them, offer a glimpse of a world that straddled pre and post contact, of which the judgment that follows is an example.
Francisco López de Gómara (born Gomara, Soria Spain in 1511, died 1566 in Seville, Spain) was a Spanish historian who worked in Seville, particularly noted for his works in which he described the early 16th century expedition undertaken by Hernán Cortés in the Spanish conquest of the New World, a […]
Albert Réville (4 November 1826, Dieppe, Seine-Maritime – 25 October 1906) was a distinguished French Protestant theologian. He was a prolific writer on the comparative history of world religions. In addition to the history of Christianity, he published on the native religions of Central America (about which he gave the 1884 Hibbert Lectures), Chinese religion and the history of the idea of the Devil. What follows is from one such Hibbert Lecture, “On the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru”.
As an expression of the Mexica (Aztec genius) it is a noble overview, although the evidence tends to the Mexica having a more artistic and cultural inclination than he gives them credit for.