Category Archives: Aztecs

Goddess of Grass Chapter 1 Part 3

The same year that the Emperor Montezuma assumed the throne as ruler of the Aztec Empire, the instrument of his ultimate downfall was born many miles to the East. She was daddy’s girl from the moment she could breathe on … Continue reading

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Goddess of Grass Chapter 1 Part 1

1 The Emperor The pungent sweet fragrance of flowers from the many gardens throughout the city mate with the soft cries of every species of the exotic birds kept in extravagant cages, and carry on the night breeze.  The same … Continue reading

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Locating the Self-Location of Malintzin

A very interesting essay on Malintzin: Locating the Self-Location of Malintzin Orlando Lara, olara@stanfordalumni.org As Teaching Assistant for Daniel Valdez in the staging of Ollin during the winter quarter of 2003 at Stanford University, one of my tasks was to … Continue reading

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Easter and the Conquistadors

The Spanish Conquistadors were very religious Catholics and Easter was very important to them. Bernard Diaz recounts a particularly important meeting on their first Easter in the New World: On Holy Thursday, in the year of our Lord 1519, we … Continue reading

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Second Letter of Cortes

This letter deals with Cortes’ observations of the Aztec capital (Mexico City)  Hernan Cortés: Second Letter to Charles V, 1520 IN ORDER, most potent Sire, to convey to your Majesty a just conception of the great extent of this noble … Continue reading

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The First Treasure Sent to Spain by the Conquistadors

The first treasure sent to Spain From the Rica Villa de la Vera Cruz, on the tenth July, 1519.contained the following curious objects: A gold necklace composed of seven pieces, with 185 small emeralds set in it, and 232 gems, … Continue reading

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Interesting Native Painting of La Malinche

Painting, Mexican Manuscript A detail from a larger manuscript page in the Lienzo de Tlaxcala, this scene was created by an indigenous painter in central Mexico. Scenes from the Lienzo de Tlaxcala, now just fragments from a larger set of … Continue reading

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Goddess of Grass now available!

Goddess of Grass, the story of Malinalli / La Malinche is now available! Amazon Kindle   http://www.amazon.com/Goddess-of-Grass-ebook/dp/B006GTU518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323025516&sr=8-1 Initially it is available for download in Epub format on Lulu. Click here to order and download: http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/goddess-of-grass/18715816 iTunes (iBook Store) http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/goddess-of-grass/id488148081?mt=11 Nook will … Continue reading

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Aztecs and Human Sacrifice

The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice by Michael Harner Natural History, April 1977 Vol. 86, No. 4, pages 46-51. Human sacrifice was meant to appease the appetites of the gods — and of the Aztecs themselves On the morning of November … Continue reading

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An Interesting Aztec (?) Mask

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