By Alfredo Lopez Austin
Eighteen essays offer an available, enjoyable look at a process of millennia-old legends and beliefs.Mythology is without doubt one of the nice creations of humankind. It varieties the middle of sacred books and displays the private preoccupations of humans, their such a lot intimate secrets and techniques, their glories, and their infamies.In 1990, Alfredo L?pez Austin, one of many greatest students of old Mesoamerican notion, all started a sequence of essays approximately mythology within the Mesoamerican culture, released in M?xico Ind?gena. even though his articles have been written for common readers, they have been additionally meant to have interaction experts. They span a divers material: myths and names, eclipses, stars, left and correct, M?xican origins, Aztec incantations, animals, and the incorporation of Christian parts into the dwelling mythologies of Mexico. The identify essay relates the Mesoamerican fable explaining why there's a rabbit o the moon’s face to a Buddhist photograph and indicates the significance of the profound legendary ideas offered through every one image.The eighteen essays during this quantity are unified via their foundation in Mesoamerican culture and supply an obtainable, wonderful look at a approach of millennia-old legends and beliefs.
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Next he released a swallow, which, on its return, announced that the waters were still high. At last he sent out a crow, which did not return, signaling that the waters had subsided. Noah's ark came to rest on the Ararat mountains. The patriarch released a crow, which kept going out and returning until the waters diminished. Afterward, he released a dove, which found no place to perch. After seven days, Noah again sent out the dove, and it returned with an olive branch in its beak to announce that the waters had gone down.
Dawn made all of the sky red, but the gods did not know from which direction the sun would emerge. Some gods, among them the wind god, Quetzalcoatl, correctly said that the sun would rise in the east. At last, Nanahuatzin came forth in all his brilliance, converted into the sun. Afterward, Tecuciztecatl emerged as the moon, also in the east and with the same intense light. Page 5 That bothered the gods. It was not right for the sky to have two astral bodies that shone with the same intensity. They agreed that the moon's light should be diminished, and one of the gods ran to strike Tecuciztecatl's face with a rabbit.
362. Page 27 5 The Words of the Incantation For a long time before I began to study the magical and religious beliefs of Mesoamerica, I thought that incantations were unrelated words or mere combinations of sounds that had been preserved by an esoteric practice. I believed they were phrases to which the faithful attributed the ability to transform reality. This belief probably resembles the amazement produced in lay believers by the speeches of their magicians and priests. It probably is also similar to the view of many priests and magicians, who, more intent on practical than on speculative matters, simply repeated the words, attributing much of the efficacy of the prayer to its particular wording and little to its possible meaning.