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Moctezuma and the rites of world renewal

Richard Townsend, Art Institute of Chicago, author of The Aztecs, discusses Aztec (Mexica) royal rites with views of archaeological sites, sculptures, landscapes and manuscripts.


Before the summer monsoon and the season for planting, the Aztec emperor and allied kings of the Valley of Mexico, enthroned the rain god in his shrine: every 52 years of the native “century”, new fire was lit on another mountain temple and they re-enacted the first fire sacrifice, calling the sun and moon into being and setting the cosmos in motion. Richard Townsend, Art Institute of Chicago, author of The Aztecs, discusses these royal rites with views of archaeological sites, sculptures, landscapes and manuscripts.

This lecture will take place in the BP lecture theatre


Speaker(s):

Richard Townsend | talks

 

Date and Time:

8 October 2009 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London




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Tickets:

£5, concessions £3

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