114P_3.1.2012

114P_3.1.2012 - Anth 114P 3.1.2012 Lecture: The Search for...

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Anth 114P 3.1.2012 Lecture: The Search for Political Legitimacy in the Early Post Classic Political situation in Early Post-classic Later documentary evidence o [John Pohl in Mixteca Alta—Chapter 9] Inclined to see historical reality represented in the documents. Focus on the overall message Places involved are very small During this time: o Increase in trade o Increase in interconnections, even though the political life is focused on smaller connections o Small scale political units o Problem of constructing a new political order out of the debris of the old political order o Important: Documentary evidence, recorded immediately after the Spanish Conquest, discusses Post-classic legends, myths, and history. Recordings of oral history of hundreds of years. How they link up with historical events have great debate. In the documentary evidence, there is a set of relations among 3 entities that repeatedly appear. Myth  Legend  History  Myth . o Myth: Feathered Serpent—creator and patron of humanity o Legend: Feathered Serpent—prototypical ruler o History: Feathered Serpent—an individual ruler Tollan: founded by the Tolteca-Chichimecas, hoard of Chichimecs, arrive in the basin of Mexico, settle in Culhuacan, feathered serpents say “Ce Acatl…” is their
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2012 for the course ANTHRO 114P taught by Professor Lesure during the Winter '12 term at UCLA.

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114P_3.1.2012 - Anth 114P 3.1.2012 Lecture: The Search for...

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