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This is perhaps the most well written of the Hamlyn books I ve read, and the author comes across asof an expert than the others Like the Egyptian one, this book had a thesis geared to dispelling popular misconceptions about the myth at hand that Mexican theology was not centered around subjugation and the sacrifice of human hearts, but that such things came later with the Aztec conquest before then, the Nahua and Mayan religions emphasized the self sacrifice of the humble and the victor This is perhaps the most well written of the Hamlyn books I ve read, and the author comes across asof an expert than the others Like the Egyptian one, this book had a thesis geared to dispelling popular misconceptions about the myth at hand that Mexican theology was not centered around subjugation and the sacrifice of human hearts, but that such things came later with the Aztec conquest before then, the Nahua and Mayan religions emphasized the self sacrifice of the humble and the victory of the spiritual over the material or base urges Unlike the Egyptian book, this one made a good case for the thesis, although Nicholson tends to over explicate the various symbols in the myths to the point of stretching credibility Other than its main thrust, the most interesting aspect of the book was its bewildering presentation of the amazingly accurate and complex Maya and Aztec calendar I would hope this book is true that the Nahua religion contained a deeply mystical aspect apart from, but perhaps induced by, the strict rituals, and that some, or many, aspired to Omoteotl, a divine reality beyond the system of gods and blood sacrifice Unfortunately, the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs indicates that war and sacrifice were a historical commonplace throughout Mesoamerica, not the decadent aberration Ms Nicholson depicts it as being Could not the two the reaching out for di I would hope this book is true that the Nahua religion contained a deeply mystical aspect apart from, but perhaps induced by, the strict rituals, and that some, or many, aspired to Omoteotl, a divine reality beyond the system of gods and blood sacrifice Unfortunately, the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs indicates that war and sacrifice were a historical commonplace throughout Mesoamerica, not the decadent aberration Ms Nicholson depicts it as being Could not the two the reaching out for divinity and the constant warfare and bloodshed coexist as two extremes, both sublime and degrading The photos and reproductions from the codices are wonderful, for the most part not the same old images shown in every survey study Well worth reading, if only as a contrast withtimid and disengaged presentations of Aztec mostly mythology Love it Mesoamerican mythology is confusing and contradictory and the layout of this book does little to aid understanding , and Nicholson does their best to present it The photography in this book is of less well known works of the Mexica and Maya, and the author s passion is plainly visible I m still hungry for , but great read ( Download ) ☲ Mexican and Central American Mythology ⚒ Discusses the religious beliefs and legends of the Mexican and Central American Indians in pre Hispanic times