By Caroline Dodds Pennock
The historical past of the Aztecs has been haunted by way of the spectre of human sacrifice. As bloody monks and brutal warriors, the Aztecs have peopled the pages of historical past, fantasy and fiction, their outstanding violence dominating perceptions in their tradition and casting a veil over their distinctive lifestyle. Reinvesting the Aztecs with a humanity usually denied to them, and exploring their non secular violence as a understandable section of lifestyles and lifestyles, Caroline Dodds Pennock integrates a clean interpretation of gender with an leading edge examine of the typical lifetime of the Aztecs. This was once a tradition of contradictions and problems, yet in among the grand ritual we will locate the non-public and personal, the trivialities of lifestyles which make the realm of those notable humans immediately customary. regardless of their violent bloodshed, the Aztecs have been a compassionate and expressive those who lived and labored in cooperative gendered partnership.