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It was interesting to learn about the role of women in their religion, which was quite impressive, with female priests, festivals, and ceremonies and participation in community rites. Following his retirement from active politics at the time of the first Algerian revolt, he returned to Paris to reassume a position he had held since Director of the most famous ethnological museum in the world, the Musee de l’Homme.

At times, I almost feel like I’m a fly on an Aztec wall seeing how this great civilization lived. This book was very interesting.

No eBook available Amazon. Here also are detailed descriptions of public buildings and market places, home furnishings, games jacaues amusements, family life, the conduct of war, the arts of language, music and dancing, and other topics.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This approach, with its parallelism between the Americas and the Old World, has its many drawbacks but Soustelle is deft enough to avoid the worst of them.

Daily Life of the Aztecs

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book by an international authority on Mexican archaeology and sociology presents a vivid history of that profoundly religious Aztec warrior society — from its days as a primitive people, to the early sixteenth century — when, on the eve of the Spanish conquest, a powerful native government ruled with great organizational ability and restless energy.


The first history in French I read for sheer pleasure, during a resort vacation on Turkey’s Turquoise coast. But newer books will shed more light on this subject. Lists with This Book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Overall, the reader will learn some new things from this book.

This book by an Published May 1st by Phoenix first published Old people were allowed to drink and encouraged to get drunk because they were seen as having finished their responsibility. Many of these accounts were destroyed after the Spanish conquest; but fortunately, a few survived, including those kept by the invaders. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oddly the Aztec justice system was depended on your position in society, so that if you were higher up you faced much stricter punishments.

But devotion to European definitions can hamper deeper understanding and I think Soustelle manages to use them more as examples or analogies to help the reader than as standards for the Mexica to meet. It was interesting to learn about the r Bill bought me this book for Christmas. Trivia About Daily Life of the Soustelle uses a few translated poems by classical Nahuatl speakers from the time period leading up to the Spanish conquest.

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Elie rated it liked it Jul 30, It vaily a very enjoyable book. It is sometimes melancholy to think og the beautiful city of Tenochtitlan was a pristine, orderly and an architectuall gem that was leveled in favor of a dirty European city.

I learnt that the Aztec society was largely democratic, had no inherited nobility, and a lot of social mobility. Even in the darkest symbolism of their blood-drenched worship they appear as people with whom we can sympathise.

Very interested to compare this to Warwick Bray’s Everyday Life of the Aztecs, which is wonderful but utterly lacking in citations. My only regret is that it didn’t say more about the roles of women in their society.

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I have to say I learned so much, and found it fascinating. This can make reading the book a bit tiresome for some readers.

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Daily Life of the Aztecs

Designs from Pre-Columbian Mexico. This book left me saddened at whta was lost and happy about what was improved and gained. Aug 03, Chuck Aztefs added it.

But not human sacrifice. This book is old but still read–in other words, a classic.

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A woman who died in childbirth was given the same status as a man who died in battle, or was sacrificed; they sostelle divine and lived in the western paradise of the sun. This can ma Soustelle’s book in Aztec life is very detailed. Books by Jacques Soustelle. Stuart Pike rated it sousfelle it Feb 19, Interesting chapter on war and why the Aztecs were overcome by the Spanish invaders.

Open Preview See a Problem? Mas que novela es un estidio serio y antropologico. Muy util para el que sienta la necesidad de reencontrarse con sus raices prehispanicas. Soustelle places the Mexica among the first-rank of world civilizations and as part of the common fund of human culture. Sep 15, Bradley rated it it was amazing Lifs Daily Life of the Aztecs By: Amazing in scope and detail, this work will be invaluable to students of Mexican history and of interest to anyone fascinated by this ancient civilization.

The Mexica require no special pleading for admission to “civilization” if it means urban-dwelling, literate, hierarchical society.