Reyes y Reinos de la Mixteca

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Author: Caso, Alfonso (1896-1970)

Year: 1979

Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Economica

Place: Mexico City


2 volumes; 246 pages; 460 pages with tables, some folding, maps, plates, illustrations and bibliography. Quarto (12 3/4" x 8 3/4") bound in brown with black and red lettering to cover and spine. Limited to 3000 copies. First edition.

The Mixtec (or Mixteca) are an indigenous Mesoamerican people inhabiting the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The Mixtecan languages form an important branch of the Otomanguean linguistic family.

The term Mixtec (Mixteco in Spanish) comes from the Aztec word of Mixtecapan, or place of the cloud-people. The area in which Mixtec is spoken is known as the Mixteca. The Mixtecs call themselves Nuu savi, Nuu djau, Nuu davi, naa savi, etc, depending on the local variant of their language, the Sa'an Davi, Da'an Davi or Tu'un Savi. In pre-Columbian times, the Mixtec were one of the major civilizations of Mesoamerica. Important ancient centers of the Mixtec include the ancient capital of Tilantongo, as well as the sites of Achiutla, Cuilapan, Huamelupan, Mitla, Tlaxiaco, Tututepec, Juxtlahuaca, and Yucu–udahui. The Mixtec also made major constructions at the ancient city of Monte Alban (which had originated as a Zapotec city before the Mixtec gained control of it). The work of Mixtec artisans who produced work in stone, wood, and metal were well regarded throughout ancient Mesoamerica.

The Mixtec were conquered by the Aztec Emperor Ahuitzotl about 30 years before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. They put up a fierce and bloody resistance to Spanish rule until they were subdued by the Spanish and their central Mexican allies led by Pedro de Alvarado. The Mixtec are well-known in the anthropological world for their Codices, or phonetic pictures in which they wrote their history and genealogies in deerskin in the "fold-book" form. The best known story of the Mixtec Codices is that of Lord Eight Deer, named after the day in which he was born, whose personal name is Jaguar Claw, and whose epic history is related in several codices, including the Codex Bodley and Codex Zouche-Nuttall. He successfully conquered and united most of the Mixteca region.


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