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Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxv ] The most formal and influential form of sacred instruction in Nahuatl culture ( see M esoamerican religions ) was the huehuetlatolli , ‘ancient word’ [8: vi ]. These teachings consisted of polished rhetorical orations which transmitted the cultural traditions in a society where the writing system was not adequate for their verbal communications. Huehuetlatolli were delivered in the schools ( calmecac ), as prayers to the gods on ceremonial occasions, at the investiture of a king, for the departure and return of merchants and at ceremonies associated with the life-cycle. These ancient truths, which were delivered in an elegant, florid, intensely metaphorical style, aimed to instruct, inspire and illuminate the traditional values and meanings of the culture for the listeners. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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