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About Jacques Soustelle Jacques Soustelle was born in Montpellier in and attained fame both as a scholar and a politician.

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He also almost never mentions lifr or ometeotl – central to the dualistic pantheistic thought that was the underlying core of this society as well as many other mesoamerican societites. The Classic Codex of He gives us Mexica life on the small, morning-to-night scale, and on the larger, birth-to-death scale, in a way that connects them both together and to the even greater rhythms of Mexican cosmos.

Account Options Sign in. I think what stuck out the most was that the warriors wanted to reincarnate into lifr. The Mexica require no special pleading for admission to “civilization” if it means urban-dwelling, literate, hierarchical society. Jan 11, Carolyn rated it it was ok Shelves: Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. This is exactly the kind of book I love to read about ancient cultures; not so much the politics and general history, but rather a thorough review and account of the people there – what they ate, how they dressed, what their houses looked like, their education, literature, family and social life, rituals and religion, the construction of society, the philosophy of their time and their world.

The first two chapters were slighly tame at times, but considering it centers around the main cities of the Aztec Empire; the architecture, the population, it’s origin story, weath and poverty, and the general appearance of the cities, it can become tedious if you’re not particularily interested in architecture and standards of living. I keep going back and forth through this book.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. At times, I almost feel like I’m a fly on an Aztec wall seeing how this great civilization lived. May 02, Violet rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Aug 03, Chuck Skorupski added it.

Overall, the reader will learn some new things from this book. Oshun rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Muy util para el que sienta la necesidad de reencontrarse con sus raices prehispanicas. I don’t think I will ever stop reading it.

Fascinante y muy claro al transportar al lector a esos tiempos y en ese contexto I have to say I learned so much, and found it fascinating. I have to say it did make me wonder if part azecs the reason drugs are so strongly condemned in society today and alcohol so accepted is because of these being from other non-European cultures.

It is sometimes melancholy to think that the beautiful city of Tenochtitlan was a pristine, orderly and an architectuall gem that was leveled in favor of a dirty European city. I especially liked the poetry.

But newer books will shed more light on this subject. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I had to read this for a history class, and definitely wouldn’t have finished it except that I needed to for school.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Wow, I learned so much from this book! Od 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.

The Daily Life of the Aztecs

Instead, we must assume that the author is correctly summarizing them. Soustelle places the Mexica among the first-rank of world civilizations and as part of the common fund of human culture. Here also are detailed descriptions of public buildings and market places, home furnishings, games and amusements, family life, the conduct of war, the arts of language, music and dancing, and other topics.


Refresh and try again. The first history in French I read for sheer pleasure, during a resort vacation on Turkey’s Turquoise coast.

In it, the author takes the reader through activities of the different social classes in some detail. Designs from Pre-Columbian Mexico. Looking for beautiful books? Great in regard to being a vast wealth of info on all aspects of the Aztec world, not for light reading. 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.

Anyone read both and have any thoughts? This book by an international authority on Mexican archeology and sociology presents a vivid account of that profoundly religious Aztec warrior society – from its days as a primitive people, to the early sixteenth century when a powerful government ruled with great organizational ability and restless energy. A famed scholar evokes the life of this complex culture on the eve of its extinction, when the Spanish arrived and conquered them–imprisoning Montezuma and strangling Atahualpa.

A thorough research piece, perhaps a bit dated, this book gives great insight into the life and death of the Aztec. Published May 1st by Phoenix first published Click here for details.

Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It tries to cover a variety of things through 7 chapters in dealing with things like war, social status, birth, death, marriage ceremony, etc. The Aztecs were fierce, honorable, death-obsessed, and profoundly religious.

Many of these accounts were destroyed after the Spanish conquest; but fortunately, a few survived, including records kept by the invaders. Lists with This Book.