The Fundamental Principles of Old and New World Civilizations: A comparative Research Based on a study of the Ancient Mexican Religious, Sociologial and Calendrical Systems

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Author: Nuttall, Zelia Maria Magdalena (1857-1933)

Year: 1901

Publisher: Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology

Place: Cambridge

Description

602 pages with figures, appendices and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Archaeological and Ethnological Papers of the Peabody Museum, volume II. First edition.

The author of this volume explains in the preface how she came to be led beyond her special field of research into a comparative study of the early civilization of the Old World; how she traced the swastika in Mexico, to an old astronomical sources, and, in all countries alike, found its use as sacred symbol accompanied by evidences of a certain phase of culture, based on pole-star worship and the recognition of the fixed laws of nature which found expression in the ideal of celestial kingdoms or states organized on a set numerical plan and regulated by the apparent revolutions of circumpolar constellations. Her researches seem to justify her conclusion; but she declares that she does not advance any theory. She invites further study and discussion before drawing final conclusions.

Condition:

Wrappers heavily chipped, spine ends chipped with some loss, lack back wrapper. Some occasional pencil marginalia else a good copy.


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