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Mockeries and metamorphoses of an Aztec god : Tezcatlipoca, "lord of the smoking mirror"

Author: Guilhem Olivier
Publisher: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, ©2003.
Series: Mesoamerican worlds.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Now available for the first time in English, Guilhem Olivier's Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God is a study of Tezcatlipoca, one of the greatest but least understood deities in the Mesoamerican pantheon. An enigmatic and melodramatic figure, "the Lord of the Smoking Mirror" was both drunken seducer and mutilated transgressor and, although he severely punished those who violated pre-Columbian moral codes,  Read more...
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Olivier, Guilhem, 1962-
Mockeries and metamorphoses of an Aztec god.
Boulder : University Press of Colorado, c2003
(OCoLC)607023296
Named Person: Tezcatlipoca, (divinité aztèque).
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Guilhem Olivier
ISBN: 0870817450 9780870817458
OCLC Number: 52334747
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translation of: Moqueries et métamorphoses d'un dieu aztèque.
Description: xiii, 403 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Contents: The names of Tezcatlipoca --
The representations of Tezcatlipoca --
The origins of Tezcatlipoca : between the jaguar and obsidian --
Tezcatlipoca and the fall of Tollan --
The cult of Tezcatlipoca : his temples and priests --
The cult of Tezcatlipoca : the feast of Toxcatl --
The torn foot and the smoking mirror : two symbols of Tezcatlipoca.
Series Title: Mesoamerican worlds.
Other Titles: Moqueries et métamorphoses d'un dieu aztèque.
Responsibility: by Guilhem Olivier ; translated by Michel Besson.
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"Now available for the first time in English, Guilhem Olivier's Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God is a study of Tezcatlipoca, one of the greatest but least understood deities in the Mesoamerican pantheon. An enigmatic and melodramatic figure, "the Lord of the Smoking Mirror" was both drunken seducer and mutilated transgressor and, although he severely punished those who violated pre-Columbian moral codes, he also received mortal confessions. A patron deity to kings and warriors as well as a protector of slaves, Tezcatlipoca often clashed in epic confrontation with his "enemy brother" Quetzalcoatl, the famed "Feathered Serpent." Yet these powers of Mesoamerican mythology collaborated to create the world, and their common attributes hint toward a dual character." "In a sophisticated and systematic tour through the sources and problems related to Tezcatlipoca's protein powers and shifting meanings, Olivier guides the reader skillfully through the symbolic names of this great god, from his representation on skins and stones to his relationship to ritual knives and other related deities. Drawing upon iconographic material, chronicles written in both Spanish and the native Nahuatl, and the rich contributions of ethnography, Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God - like the mirror of Tezcatlipoca in which the fates of mortals were reflected - reveals an important but obscured portion of the cosmology of pre-Columbian Mexico."--BOOK JACKET.

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