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Author Furst, Jill Leslie McKeever, 1944-

Title The natural history of the soul in ancient Mexico / Jill Leslie McKeever Furst.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, c1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  128.10972 MCKE    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 230 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-223) and index.
Contents 1. The Evolving Soul -- 2. The Mexica and Their Souls -- 3. The Yolia and the Soul -- 4. The Yolia as a Bird -- 5. The Winged Soul, Universality and Natural History -- 6. The Yolia as Breath -- 7. The Yolia as Shadowy Double -- 8. The Yolia as Stone -- 9. The Tonalli and Fire Drilling -- 10. The Tonalli as Sumptuary Art -- 11. The Tonalli as Name and Astrological Sign -- 12. The Tonalli and Physical Resemblance -- 13. The Tonalli, Body Temperature and Neonates -- 14. The Tonalli and Advice at Puberty -- 15. Soul Loss and Aging -- 16. The Tonalli and the Cold Body -- 17. The Tonalli as Body Part -- 18. Blood, Shock and Sacrifice -- 19. The Spirit, the Air and the Winds -- 20. The Aires as Spirits, Gods and the Returning Dead -- 21. The Glowing Ihiyotl, the Winds and the Aires -- 22. The Ignis Fatuus and the Ihiyotl -- 23. The Foul-Smelling Ihiyotl.
Summary This illustrated book explores basic Precolumbian beliefs about the soul among ancient Meso-american peoples. It focuses on the Central mexican Aztecs - called the Mexica - who believed in multiple souls that animated the body, gave humans their shared and individual characteristics, and survived the body after death.
Subject Aztecs -- Religion.
Indians of Mexico -- Religion.
ISBN 0300062257 (alk. paper)