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Burning Water: Thought and Religion in Ancient Mexico Paperback – Import, 1978
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However conventional this book begins starting with the chapter on Quetzalcoatl the author makes an unexpected shift (starting at page 70) into some deep material. She discusses topics such as the union of spirit and matter, fire and water (hence the title Burning Water). She also later gets into deep mystical thought discussing the idea of the four directions around a unifying center and how this relates to the mystical development of the heart.
If you read this book as just another diatribe on Aztec history you could easily miss what is really here. I can understand why those who hold to conventional historical and archeological views would miss, or malign (even wryly by Pasztory), what the author is saying here. After studying various forms of mysticism for years, and having been to Teotihuacan, I can say clearly that this book is an important gateway into the mystical stream that has lived, and continues to be expressed in this area of the world through both it's monuments to current living spiritual guardians. There are deep truths here if you are prepared to see them.
PART I : THE AZTEC EMPIRE
I. The Conquest of Mexico !!. The Nature of Aztec Society III. Human Sacrifices IV. Sources of the History of Ancient Mexico V. The Formation of Aztec Culture VI. The Toltecs VII. Quetzalcoatl VIII. Quetzalcoatl's Betrayal IX. Causes of the Fall of the Aztec Empire
PART II: THE NAHUATL RELIGION
I. Magic II. Religion and the Quetzalcoatl Myth
PART III: NAHUATL SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE
I. Ancient Tollan II. Teotihuacan, City of the Gods III. The Law of the Centre IV. The Paintings of Teotihuacan V. Union of Water and Fire VI. Union of Heaven and Hell VII. The Heart and Penitence
PART IV: THE NAHUATL GODS
I. The Free Spirits II. Quetzalcoatl III. Xochipilli, Lord of Souls IV. Xipe Totec, Lord of Liberation V. Huizilopochtli, The Fifth Sun VI. Tezcatlipoca, Lord of the Smoking Mirror VII. Conclusion
My copy of the book is from 1957, and contained several high quality black and white plates, along with the numerous drawings which contributed incredibly to the entire experience ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
One of the modern Toltec teachers has a cute story about how the Aztecs got so deeply into human sacrifice. Their rationale was this: the ancient teachings say one should give his/her heart to Spirit. Well, the Aztecs took that literally, and since they owned a good many hearts, beating in the chests of their slaves and captives, they cut those out and gave them to the gods. That works for me, and it is a near perfect example of fundamentalist thinking. But I digress.
This book is well worth a read.
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Very interesting reading about the thinking and religion in Ancient Mexico!Published 22 months ago by JJ Barrera
There has generally been an unfavorable impression of this book within conventional archeological circles. Read morePublished on June 13, 2009 by MysticJaguar