Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire

Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition

David Carrasco

Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire
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David Carrasco

248 pages | 16 illustrations | 5-7/8 x 8-7/8 | © 1982, 1992
Paper $42.50 ISBN: 9780226094908 Published June 1992
Davíd Carrasco draws from the perspectives of the history of religions, anthropology, and urban ecology to explore the nature of the complex symbolic form of Quetzalcoatl in the organization, legitimation, and subversion of a large segment of the Mexican urban tradition. His new Preface addresses this tradition in the light of the Columbian quincentennial.

"This book, rich in ideas, constituting a novel approach . . . represents a stimulating and provocative contribution to Mesoamerican studies. . . . Recommended to all serious students of the New World's most advanced indigenous civilization."—H. B. Nicholson, Man
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Mosaics and Centers
1. The Sources: From Storybook to Encyclopedia
2. Quetzalcoatl and the Foundation of Tollan
3. Other Tollans
4. The Return of Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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