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Aztec religion and art of writing : investigating embodied meaning, indigenous semiotics, and the Nahua sense of reality

Author: Isabel Laack
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019] ©2019
Series: Studies in the history of religions, 161.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In her groundbreaking investigation from the perspective of the aesthetics of religion, Isabel Laack explores the religion and art of writing of the pre-Hispanic Aztecs of Mexico. Inspired by postcolonial approaches, she reveals Eurocentric biases in academic representations of Aztec cosmovision, ontology, epistemology, ritual, aesthetics, and the writing system to provide a powerful interpretation of the Nahua  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laack, Isabel, author.
Aztec religion and art of writing
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2019
(DLC) 2019003371
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Isabel Laack
ISBN: 9789004391451 9004391452 9789004392014 9004392017
OCLC Number: 1066184205
Description: xviii, 435 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Methodology --
Living in cultural diversity --
Living in relation: being human in Tenochtitlan --
A world in motion: Nahua ontology --
Understanding a world in motion: Nahua epistemology --
Interacting with a world in motion: Nahua pragmatism and aesthetics --
Expressing reality in language: Nahua linguistic theory --
Materializing reality in writing: Nahua pictography --
Unterstanding pictography: interpreting Nahua semiotics --
Interpretative results: Nahua religion, scripture, and sense of reality.
Series Title: Studies in the history of religions, 161.
Responsibility: by Isabel Laack.

Abstract:

In her groundbreaking investigation from the perspective of the aesthetics of religion, Isabel Laack explores the religion and art of writing of the pre-Hispanic Aztecs of Mexico. Inspired by postcolonial approaches, she reveals Eurocentric biases in academic representations of Aztec cosmovision, ontology, epistemology, ritual, aesthetics, and the writing system to provide a powerful interpretation of the Nahua sense of reality.0Laack transcends the concept of "sacred scripture" traditionally employed in religions studies in order to reconstruct the Indigenous semiotic theory and to reveal how Aztec pictography can express complex aspects of embodied meaning. Her study offers an innovative approach to nonphonographic semiotic systems, as created in many world cultures, and expands our understanding of human recorded visual communication. 0This book will be essential reading for scholars and readers interested in the history of religions, Mesoamerican studies, and the ancient civilizations of the Americas.

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