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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, ©1995.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 230 pages) : illustrations, maps
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-223) and index.
Contents The evolving soul -- The Mexica and their souls -- The yolia and the soul -- The yolia as a bird -- The winged soul, universality and natural history -- The yolia as breath -- The yolia as shadowy double -- The yolia as stone -- The tonalli and fire drilling -- The tonalli as sumptuary art -- The tonalli as name and astrological sign -- The tonalli and physical resemblance -- The tonalli, body temperature and neonates -- The tonalli and advice at puberty -- Soul loss and aging -- The tonalli and the cold body -- The tonalli as body part -- Blood, shock and sacrifice -- The spirit, the air and the winds -- The aires as spirits, gods and the returning dead -- The glowing ihiyotl, the winds and the aires -- The ignis fatuus and the ihiyotl -- The foul-smelling ihiyotl.
Summary "Fascinating examination of Mexica thought and belief (ca. 1200-1519) regarding the soul, utilizing iconographic and ethnohistorical sources but also giving special consideration to the influence of natural environments on ideology. Cultural concepts of special note here include the Nahua yolia, ihiyotl, and tonalli. Author saves the nahualli for future study"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Aztecs -- Religion.
Indians of Mexico -- Religion.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780300194937 (electronic bk.)
0300194935 (electronic bk.)