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El primer mestizaje/ The First Mestizos (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

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Duverger puts forth a coherent, dynamic and attractive history of Mexico s pre-Hispanic origins. Leaving behind the antiquated approach that looked at each individual culture as isolated in time and space, Duverger composes an enigmatic puzzle that explains the birth of Mesoamerica. One of the book s key contributions is providing 28 Centuries of cultural continuity, which helps to understand human sacrifice, binary thinking, iconic writing and polytheist cults

Description in Spanish: Por que surgen los olmecas y desaparecen siete siglos despues? Por que los mayas, cuando estan en la cuspide de su poder abandonan sus ciudades? Por que civilizaciones de alto desarrollo, como Izapa, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Tres Zapotes y Tula se petrifican en un momento clave de su desarrollo? Hasta ahora, la historia prehispanica de Mexico se presenta como una serie de preguntas sin respuestas. Este libro deja atras esa mirada donde culturas aisladas en el espacio y en el tiempo conforman un mosaico enigmatico y explica como nace Mesoamerica. Alrededor de 1200 A. C., los antiguos nomadas nahuas se asentaron entre las culturas sedentarias para dar paso a un primer mestizaje donde la sangre y los rasgos culturales de cazadores y agricultores se mezclaron. La aportacion de este libro consiste en seguir la continuidad cultural a lo largo de veintiocho siglos, lo que permite comprender la logica del sacrificio humano, del pensamiento binario, de la escritura iconica y de los cultos politeistas. Duverger brinda, a traves de una prosa fluida y sencilla, una historia coherente, dinamica y atractiva que sorprende y emociona porque plasma como nunca antes el entendimiento de nuestros origenes. Un libro que descubre como ningun otro el pensamiento mesoamericano y aporta una nueva vision de nuestro pasado. Revela una Mesoamerica plurietnica donde distintas culturas comparten una misma cosmovision.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Taurus
Pages   740
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Taurus
ISBN  9707708565  
ISBN13  9789707708563  

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An outstanding and realistic view of the peoples of Middle America  May 10, 2008
Christian Duverger manages to expose his theories of a cultural continuum in Mesoamerica with an ease and clarity that will allow anyone to read and this book.

His view of the cultural area of Mesoamerica is a modern one, and much more accurate than many of the theories out there. Middle America was a confounded cultural unit, civilizations did not vanish into oblivion, but rather merged with other cultural groups for the creation of richer, more complex cultures.

His new proposal for the clasification of time periods is quite interesting, as he tries (as with the rest of his book) to study Mesoamerican civilizations from an inside point of view, trying to eliminate European prejudices or analogies.

This is one of those books any prehispanic cultures student should own and read. It is one of those that will start to eliminate many misconceptions and inform people as to what Mesoamericans really were.

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