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The Delineation of the Day Signs in the Aztec Manuscripts

By Waterman, T.T.

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Title: The Delineation of the Day Signs in the Aztec Manuscripts  
Author: Waterman, T.T.
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Drama and Literature, Aztec Manuscripts
Collections: Art, Authors Community, Bibliography, Literature, Most Popular Books in China, Science, History
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Publisher: University of California Press
Member Page: Historical Manuscripts Preservation


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Calendar symbols of one sort or another occur on a surprising variety of monuments, both of early and late periods. The most important of these monuments for the study of the workings of the calendar system in detail are certain remarkable picturebooks or manuscripts, made on folded strips of deerskin, or on paper made of the fibre of the maguey (Agave americana). These manuscripts are usually spoken of as "codices." Only a few of these native manuscripts survived the introduction of European civilization into America. Those which were preserved were taken to Europe as curiosities, and often preserved through mere luck. The ones still extant have received a great deal of attention since the early part of the last century. All but a few of the originals are still in Europe, and are at the present time considered priceless.

Table of Contents
Introduction 298 The Manuscripts 299 The Aztec Calendar System 300 The Time-periods 300 Method of Determining the Time-periods 302 System of Dating 303 The Twenty Day-symbols 304 The Numerals 308 The Method of Writing Dates 309 The Tonalamatl, or Book of Indexes 310 The Book of Indexes Applied to the Time-periods 311 Corrections of the Calendar 316 Origin of the Calendar System 321 The Keason for Twenty as a Factor 322 The Eeason for Thirteen as a Factor 323 Derivation of the Calendar Symbols 327 Probable Line of Evolution 327 The Delineation of the Calendar Symbols in the Manuscripts 328 The Twenty Day-signs; their Characteristics and Variations 332 Water-monster (Cipactli) 334 Wind (Ehecatl) 337 House (Calli) 342 Lizard (Cuetspalin) 343 Snake (Coatl) 346 Death (Miquiztli) 347 Deer (Mazatl) 351 Babbit (Tochtli) 353 Water (Atl) 357 Dog (Itzcuintli) 360 Monkey (Osomatli) 362 Grass (Malinalli) 364 Cane (Acatl) 368 Ocelot (Ocelotl) 370 Eagle (Quauhtli) 374 King-vulture (Coscaquauhtli) 376 Motion ( Olin) 377 Flint (Tecpatl) 382 Eain (Quiahuitl) 385 Flower (Xochitl) 390 Borrowing of Characteristics 392 Conclusion 393 Bibliography 394


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