Lunch Seminar: Reading the Past and the Future in the Painted Books of Aztec Mexico
Reading the Past and the Future in the Painted Books of Aztec Mexico
Friday, January 26th, 2017 at 10:30am
For UM Faculty & Graduate Students
This seminar will immerse participants in some of the outstanding painted books (codices) from Aztec Mexico, with a particular focus on the divinatory manuals (books of fate). We will review the peripatetic history of one or more codices that left Mexico early in the colonial period and are now held in some of the great libraries of Europe. The focus of the seminar, however, will be on a close reading of the books themselves in order to understand not only how Mexican pictography records information (how it works as a writing system) but also how its books hold fundamental conceptions about the supernatural and natural worlds. We will read what the almanacs have to say about our fates.