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Cycles of time and meaning in the Mexican books of fate

Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007.
Series: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long series in Latin American and Latino art and culture.
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"In this comprehensive study, Elizabeth Hill Boone analyzes the entire extant corpus of Mexican divinatory codices and offers an explanation of the genre as a whole. She introduces the sacred, divinatory calendar and the calendar priests and diviners who owned and used the books. Boone then explains the graphic vocabulary of the calendar and its prophetic forces, and describes the organizing principles that  Read more...
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Boone, Elizabeth Hill.
Cycles of time and meaning in the Mexican books of fate.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007
(OCoLC)657146167
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Hill Boone
ISBN: 9780292712638 0292712634
OCLC Number: 71632174
Description: xxvii, 307 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Contents: 1. Containers of the knowledge of the world --
2. Time, the ritual calendar, and divination --
3. The symbolic vocabulary of the almanacs --
4. Structures of prophetic knowledge --
5. The almanacs --
Multipurpose almanacs --
Directional almanacs --
Topical almanacs --
6. Protocols for rituals --
7. The cosmogony in the Codex Borgia --
8. Provenience --
9. A Mexican divinatory system --
Appendix. Content summaries.
Series Title: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long series in Latin American and Latino art and culture.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Hill Boone.
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Analyzes the extant corpus of Mexican divinatory codices and offers an explanation of the genre as a whole. This work introduces the sacred, divinatory calendar and the calendar priests and diviners  Read more...

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