Time and the Aztec Mind -
The Aztec Calendar Sun Stone in Context:
"How could a people who conceived of and carved the uniquely marvelous candar stone and developed one of the most accurate calendrical systems of the ancient world, spend so much time, energy and wealth in efforts to obtain and sacrifice human victims for every conceivable feast day in the calendar?
Why did people so fascinated by and accomplished in sculpture, featherwork, craft industries, poetry and painting become so committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife?
The web page by Meghan Senior titled
Time and the Aztec Mind - The Aztec Calendar Sun Stone in Context
aims to answer not only this question, but also explore the religious and cosmological system behind it and recreate the atmosphere of the time, using the Calendar Sun Stone as a point of departure and a source of reference and illustration.
It is not another description of the Stone, but an enquiry into the mind of the culture that produced it, thereby enlightening the audience to the Stone's full significance.
Produced as part of the course 'Publishing on the World Wide Web' offered by the Department of Art History at the Australian National University, it is also illustrative of the Department's belief that it is possible to not only use the Web for educational purposes, but also to give 'Web Surfers' the opportunity to read pages of an interesting and academic nature.
To contact the author of Time and the Aztec Mind -
The Aztec Calendar Sun Stone in Context,
Meghan Senior or:
C/- M. Greenhalgh, The Art History Department, The Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T., 2600, Australia.
To Visit Time and the Aztec Mind -
The Aztec Calendar Sun Stone in Context