Lord of the Dawn: The Legend of Quetzalcoati

Lord of the Dawn: The Legend of Quetzalcoati❮Download❯ ✤ Lord of the Dawn: The Legend of Quetzalcoati Author Rudolfo Anaya – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The legend of uetzalcóatl is the enduring epic myth of Mesoamerica The gods create the universe but man must carefully tend to the harmony of the world Without spiritual attention to harmony chaos ma the Dawn: PDF/EPUB ì The legend of uetzalcóatl is the enduring epic myth of Mesoamerica The gods create the universe but man must carefully tend to the harmony of the Lord of PDF \ world Without spiritual attention to harmony chaos may reign destroying the universe and civilizationThe ancient of the Dawn: The Legend ePUB ✓ Mexicans like other peoples throughout the world wrestled with ideas and metaphors of the Dawn: ePUB ☆ by which to know the Godhead and developed their own concepts about their relationship to the universe uetzalcóatl came to the Toltecs to teach them art agriculture of the Dawn: The Legend ePUB ✓ peace and knowledge He was a redeemer god and his story inspires instructs and entertains as do all the great myths of the worldNow available in paperback the Lord of the Dawn is Anaya’s exploration of the cosmology and the rich and complex spiritual thought of his Native American ancestors The story depicts the daily world of man the struggle between the peacemakers and the warmongers and the world of the gods and their role in the life of mankindABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORSRudolfo Anaya widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima. As author of The Last Toltec King and a person who has researched Toltec history for many years I give Lord of the Dawn 5 stars While much is known of the Aztec Mexica empire we know uite a deal less of the ancient Toltecs Much of Toltec history as we know it comes from Aztec informants who disclosed their oral traditions to long suffering Franciscan friars who laboriously chronicled tomes upon tomes of Aztec culture beliefs traditions and historyHundreds of years passed between the Toltec empire and the Aztec empire so that the stories oral histories legends and songs of Ce Acatl Topiltzin uetzalcoatl spread throughout ancient Mexico creating a plethora of regional versions of this cultural hero In addition the various incidents of Ce Acatl's life which appear in snippets and pieces are located across a span of arcane sources written in pictographs Nahuatl Latin and SpanishWas he a god or was he a man?Our esteemed and most admired author Rudolfo Anaya chooses to represent Topiltzin as a god uetzalcoatl incarnate who visits the Toltecs in human form to bring them the teachings of wisdom and spiritual awareness Through art and poetry uetzalcoatl is able to guide the Toltecs to a zenith of prosperityBut I get ahead of myself because the story begins with uetzalcoatl's nemesis Lord Huemac whose lusty character is driven by power greed and self gratification at the expense of others At the time uetzalcoatl arrives to Tula Lord Huemac is king and holds on to his power through selfishness manipulation and subversionThe two juxtaposed characters face off throughout the tale Not only do the characters come to life in and of themselves but they both represent greater archetypal themes Mr Anaya not only endears us with his storytelling he also leaves us to ponder the greater mysteries of good vs evil spirituality vs materialism and the power of forgivenessI've noticed that readers who love this genre tend to be divided over the difficult Nahuatl terminology When an author uses too many Nahuatl names and terms there are those who get frustrated They want to be able to follow the storyline without the hindrances of mind boggling words like Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli that take five times to sound out and a glossary at the end to comprehend At the other side of the field of fans is the sock it to me crowd that craves to be intellectually challenged at every turn These are the readers who put the book down so they can Google itLord of the Dawn is not jumbled up with difficult Nahuatl terminology It is an easy enjoyable read for anyone who wants a narrative style interpretation of this most beautiful time in our pastOne criticism I could see readers having with Lord of the Dawn is that it is over simplistic too short and doesn't contain enough detail I can understand this yearning as the legends surrounding uetzalcoatl both god and king are numerous indeed But I also understand why Mr Anaya might have chosen to tell the tale the way he did streamlined with minimal sensory description It would be my hunch that author Rudolfo Anaya chose to include only the elements of storytelling that were pertinent to his themes of good vs evil and spirituality vs materialism And this he does uite successfully Also the narrative honors that age old voice of wisdom found in the ancient texts Ea young seeker of knowledgeThe only criticism I have of Lord of the Dawn would be the use of a few anachronisms terminology that is out of place and time The words jasmine fiesta and coin all popped out at meI very much enjoyed Lord of the Dawn especially so because I have devoted so many years of my life to the study of Toltec history It is a delightful read that should accompany every History of Ancient Mexico college course This book informatively brings to life the myth of uetzalcoatl but not in a way that is particularly memorable or iconic A good book for those studying mythology It's a great story and told knowledgeably but not entertainingly This is interesting as it's certainly not just a dry and distant recitation of facts as many mythology texts areOverall I give it a solid meh notas died a symbolic death in a stone coffin and emerged 'reborn' sound familiar? for last life stage he then traveled simply w no ornamentation or riuesas sound familiar? at a point in his pilgrimage his only companions 'were dwarfs and cripples' inspiracion para 'holy mt'? he left holy marks and shrines along the way for worship traveled to tlillan tlapallan aka 'the land of blk and red' could be tabasco or w yukatan and mythic location where 'the morning star announces rebirth of the sun whr the red sun leaves the blkness of nt'ometeotl is lord and lady of duality ma and pa male and female founder of universe aka giver of life who begat 4 sons red tezcatlipoca and blk tez one god of war huitzilopochtli left handed hummingbird one was war was smlest and h built the world 'they gave women grains of corn for making cures and soothsaying and witchcraft then teh gods made the days and months they gave ea month 20 days and created 18 months' The legend was put together very well One can see it vividly like a vision dream being told by a shaman I've also read the Popol Vu which tells stories but is considerably drier and doesn't explain perspective to non indigenous readers But this book does well in keeping interest high and explaining perspective; hence my 5 star rating