The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of TenochtitlaneBook - 1994
Between 1373 and 1521, the Mexica people buried hundreds of offerings to their gods in the depths of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, where for more than five hundred years these gifts lay undiscovered. In complex religious ceremonies, messages to the gods were expressed not only through these objects but through their exact placement as well. The offerings included masks, food, ceramic vessels, human remains, images of the gods, musical instruments, flint knives, bloody thorns, feathers, animals, figurines, and ornaments. In The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, Leonardo Lopez Lujan shares the findings of the historic Templo Mayor Project, which took place from 1978 to 1989. He and twenty-three other archaeologists discovered, studied, and registered over one hundred offerings located in nine buildings, three plazas, and in the interior of the platform that served as the boundary of the Sacred Precinct of Tenochtitlan. Unlike the focus of previous publications that have dealt with the offerings, Lopez Lujan's aim in The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan was to decipher the offerings' religious significance and explain the associations between the unearthed materials and ritual behavior. In doing so he relied on diverse data and several analytical techniques to determine such things as the exact date when the offerings were buried, the gods to whom they were dedicated, the festivities in which the gifts were made, and the meanings of the materials and their spatial distribution. The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan is the first book in the new series "Mesoamerican Worlds" devoted to the study of historical phenomena within particular traditions of Mesoamerica and in relation to other cultures. The series integrates the work of archaeology, archaeoastronomy, art history, history of religions, social thought, and urban studies.
Publisher: Niwot, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, c1994
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvi, 516 p.) : ill