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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Aztecs were fierce, honorable, death-obsessed, and profoundly religious. 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.

Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Phoenix first published Daily LifeDaily Life Series. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign vaily. To ask other readers questions about Daily Life of the Aztecsplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [is it okay. See 1 question about Daily Life of the Aztecs…. Lists with This Book. Dec 11, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bill bought me this book for Christmas. This book was very interesting.

It was written in the 50s, but seemed to make good critical use of both European and Mexican sources. I have to say I learned so much, and found it fascinating.

I learnt that the Aztec society was largely democratic, had no inherited nobility, and a lot of social mobility. It azetcs interesting to learn about the r Bill bought me this book for Christmas. It was interesting to learn about the role of women in their religion, which was quite impressive, with female priests, festivals, and ceremonies and participation in community rites. But not human sacrifice. A woman who died in childbirth was given the same status as suostelle man who died in battle, or was sacrificed; they became divine and lived in the western paradise of the sun.

I thought that this was particularly interesting. It was also interesting to learn about the Aztecs attitude towards alcohol, which was strongly condemned; nobles could be put to death for appearing drunk in public. Oddly the Aztec justice system was depended on your position in society, so that if you were higher up you faced much stricter punishments. Old people were allowed to drink and encouraged to get drunk because they were seen as having finished their responsibility.

I have to say it did make me wonder if part of 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 was a very enjoyable book. But I thought it was very good.

Daily Life of the Aztecs by Jacques Soustelle

Jun 22, Stine Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: A very good, in-depth, and orderly account of the Aztec civilisation and culture. 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 bt standards of living.


However, the chapters after the first two are highly engaging and well-written. Th A very good, in-depth, and orderly account of the Aztec civilisation and culture. 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.

I hate to sound like the People’s Front of Judea, but I’m getting really bored of the Romans now when every book I pick up ,ife the Roman Empire is all about the politics and general view of the time. I want the ordinary, common life of the people. And I find it especially interesting when reading about the people of ancient Mexico because their ways of aztefs, the culture, and philosophy is so vastly different from the European civilisations of the time, and even now.

A very well-written, informative, and engaging book on the people jacquse all classes of the Aztec Empire. 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. This book left me saddened at whta was lost and sokstelle about what was improved and gained.

The first history te French I read for sheer pleasure, during a resort vacation on Turkey’s Turquoise coast. Aug 04, Cj rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Wow, I learned so much from this book!

I think what stuck out the most was that the warriors wanted to reincarnate into hummingbirds. It is hard to think of any soldure I know wanting to die and return to Earth as a hummingbird. The cannal systems and social structure was also sousyelle to read about. My only regret is that it didn’t say more about the roles of women in their society. Nov 25, Kwende rated it really liked it.

Daily Life of the Aztecs

Fascinating review of classic Aztec culture. Aug 03, Chuck Skorupski added it. A thorough, insightful and engaging introduction to Aztec civilization. Soustelle’s book in Aztec life is very detailed. It tries to cover a variety of things through 7 chapters in dealing with things like war, social status, birth, death, marriage ceremony, etc. In woustelle, the author takes the reader through activities of the different social classes in some detail.

What this book does not do, however, is directly cite many jacqkes or secondary sources that are listed in the bibliography. Instead, we must assume that the author is correctly summarizing them. This can ma Soustelle’s book in Aztec life is very detailed.

This can make reading the book a bit tiresome for some readers. The only time this trend is broken is near the end of the book in which Mr. Soustelle uses a few translated poems by classical Nahuatl speakers from the time period leading up to the Spanish conquest. He also almost never mentions teotl or ometeotl – central to the dualistic pantheistic thought that was the underlying core of this society as well as many other mesoamerican societites.


Overall, the reader will learn some new things from this book. But newer books will shed more light on this subject. Interesting chapter on war and why the Aztecs were overcome by the Spanish invaders.

Sep 15, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is old but still read–in other words, a classic. Soustelle places the Mexica among the first-rank of world civilizations and as part of the common fund of human culture. This approach, with its parallelism between the Americas and the Old World, has its many drawbacks but Soustelle is deft enough to avoid the worst of them.

The Mexica require no special pleading for admission to “civilization” if it means urban-dwelling, literate, hierarchical society. But devotion to European definit This book is old but still read–in other words, a classic.

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. 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.

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It is a stunning achievement on its own. Este libro esta muy completo, relata de manera entretenida y amena la vida del mexica antes de la conquista. Algunos hombres reunidos en sociedad dan origen a algo que los sobrepasa: Jan 19, Miguel Lozano rated it it was amazing.

Jan 11, Carolyn rated it it was ok Shelves: I had to read this for a history class, and definitely wouldn’t have finished it except that I needed to for school. Oc first two chapters were really dense and dry, but the book improved as I kept reading. Great in regard to being a vast wealth of info on all aspects of the Aztec world, not for light reading. May 02, Violet rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So much interesting information and great research. I don’t think I will ever stop reading it.

I keep going back and forth through this book. At times, I almost feel like I’m a fly on an Aztec osustelle seeing how this great civilization lived. Jun 02, Erik Orrantia rated it it was amazing. A thorough research piece, perhaps a bit dated, this book gives great insight into the life and death of the Eaily. As a tool for writing a book, it is fabulous because it is rich with specific soustelld. Mas que novela es un estidio serio y antropologico. Muy util para el que sienta la necesidad de reencontrarse con sus raices prehispanicas.

Me sentia en clase de historia leyendolo. Jul 23, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: I especially liked the poetry.

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