Category: Mexico

  • Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in by Daniel Hernandez

    By Daniel Hernandez

    MEXICO urban, with a few 20 million population, is the most important urban within the Western Hemisphere. huge, immense development, raging crime, and tumultuous politics have additionally made it essentially the most feared and misunderstood. but long ago decade, town has develop into a sizzling spot for foreign enterprise, model, and paintings, and a magnet for thrill-seeking expats from world wide.

    In 2002, Daniel Hernandez traveled to Mexico urban, trying to find his cultural roots. He encountered a urban either chaotic and intoxicating, either underdeveloped and hypermodern. In 2007, after quitting a task, he moved again. With bright, intimate storytelling, Hernandez visits slums populated through ex-punks; glittering, drug-fueled style events; and pseudo-native rituals catering to new-age Mexicans. he's taking readers into the area of sweet sixteen subcultures, in a urban the place punk and emo stand for a complete means of life--and occasionally result in rumbles at the streets.

    Surrounded by means of volcanoes, earthquake-prone, and shrouded in smog, the town that Hernandez lovingly chronicles is a spot of awesome manifestations of threat, hope, humor, and wonder, a surreal panorama of "cosmic violence."

    For those that care approximately some of the most electrifying towns in the world, "Down & Delirious in Mexico urban is crucial reading" -- David Lida, writer of First cease within the New World
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  • The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction by David Carrasco

    By David Carrasco

    This Very brief advent employs the disciplines of heritage, spiritual stories, and anthropology because it illuminates the complexities of Aztec lifestyles. Readers meet a humans hugely expert in sculpture, astronomy, urban making plans, poetry, and philosophy, who have been additionally profoundly devoted to cosmic regeneration during the thrust of the ceremonial knife and during struggle. Dav�d Carrasco seems to be past Spanish bills that experience coloured a lot of the Western narrative to permit Aztec voices discuss their beginning tales, the cosmic importance in their capital urban, their equipment of kid rearing, and the contributions ladies made to way of life and the empire. Carrasco discusses the arriving of the Spaniards, contrasts Aztec legendary traditions concerning the origins in their urban with genuine city existence in Mesoamerica, and descriptions the increase of the Aztec empire. He additionally explores Aztec faith, which supplied either justification for and choices to struggle, sacrifice, and imperialism, and he sheds mild on Aztec poetry, philosophy, portray, and particularly enormous sculpture and structure. He concludes through taking a look at how the Aztecs were portrayed in Western inspiration, paintings, movie, and literature in addition to in Latino tradition and humanities.
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  • Cosmology, Calendars, and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient by Anne S. Dowd, Susan Milbrath

    By Anne S. Dowd, Susan Milbrath

    Cosmology, Calendars, and Horizon-Based Astronomy in old Mesoamerica is an interdisciplinary journey de strength that establishes the severe position astronomy performed within the non secular and civic lives of the traditional peoples of Mesoamerica. delivering notable examples of the way Precolumbian peoples merged principles concerning the cosmos with these pertaining to calendar and astronomy, the quantity showcases the worth of precise examinations of astronomical facts for figuring out historical cultures.

    the quantity is split into 3 sections: investigations into Mesoamerican horizon-based astronomy, the cosmological rules expressed in Mesoamerican spiritual imagery and rituals on the topic of astronomy, and the features of Mesoamerican calendars with regards to archaeoastronomy. It additionally presents state of the art examine on different issues reminiscent of files of calendar and horizon-based astronomical statement (like the Dresden and Borgia codices), iconography of burial assemblages, architectural alignment reports, city making plans, and counting or measuring devices.

    Contributors—who are one of the most precious of their fields— discover new dimensions in Mesoamerican timekeeping and skywatching within the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacano, Zapotec, and Aztec cultures. it will likely be of serious curiosity to scholars and students of anthropology, archaeology, paintings background, and astronomy.
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  • Freud's Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis by Rubén Gallo

    By Rubén Gallo

    Freud’s Mexico is a totally unforeseen contribution to Freud experiences. the following, Rubén Gallo unearths Freud’s formerly undisclosed connections to a tradition and a psychoanalytic culture hardly linked to him. Freud came upon a receptive viewers between Mexican intellectuals, learn Mexican books, gathered Mexican antiquities, and dreamed Mexican desires; his writings endure the strains of a longstanding fascination with the rustic. within the Mexico of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, Freud made an impression not just between psychiatrists but in addition in literary, inventive, and political circles. Gallo writes a couple of “motley crew” of Freud’s readers who devised one of the most unique, intricate, and influential purposes of psychoanalytic conception anyplace on the earth: the poet Salvador Novo, a homosexual dandy who used Freud to vindicate marginal sexual identities; the conservative thinker Samuel Ramos, who clinically determined the collective neuroses afflicting his state; the cosmopolitan poet Octavio Paz, who introduced a psychoanalytic inquiry into the origins of Mexican historical past; and Gregorio Lemercier, a Benedictine monk who placed his complete monastery into psychoanalysis. After describing Mexico’s Freud, Gallo bargains an creative reconstruction of Freud’s Mexico. even supposing Freud himself by no means visited Mexico, he owned a treatise on legal legislation by means of a Mexican pass judgement on who placed defendants--including Trotsky’s assassin--on the psychoanalyst’s sofa; he got Mexican items as a part of his celebrated selection of antiquities; and he recorded goals of a Mexico that used to be fraught with hazard. Freud’s Mexico encompasses a various solid of characters that incorporates Maximilian von Hapsburg, Leon Trotsky and his murderer Ramón Mercader, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera--and even David Rockefeller. Gallo deals daring and shiny rereadings of either Freudian texts and Mexican cultural historical past.
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  • British Lions and Mexican Eagles. Business, Politics, and by Paul Garner

    By Paul Garner

    Among 1889 and 1919, Weetman Pearson turned one of many world's most crucial engineering contractors, a pioneer within the overseas oil undefined, and certainly one of Britain's wealthiest males. on the heart of his international enterprise empire have been his pursuits in Mexico.While Pearson's impressive good fortune in Mexico came about in the context of unparalleled degrees of British alternate with and funding in Latin the USA, Garner argues that Pearson will be understood much less as an agent of British imperialism than as an agent of Porfirian country construction and modernization. Pearson used to be capable of safe contracts for a few of nineteenth-century Mexico's most crucial public works initiatives largely due to his reliability, his empathy with the developmentalist venture of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, and his assiduous cultivation of a clientelist community in the Mexican political elite. His luck hence presents a chance to reappraise the function performed through in a foreign country pursuits within the nationwide improvement of Mexico.
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