Contribution to Book
The Body and Indigenous Control of Environment. The Fluids of Life: Blood, Water, Power and Bugs a la TlaxcaltecaThe Body: Subject and Subjected (2016)
Narratives in Mesoamerica consistently used mytho-poetic data to frame their commentaries. For that reason, scholars must endeavor not only to understand the “facts” that Davies is seeking, but to also navigate the other organizing principles that frame historic narratives. It is not that these “details of fantasy” do not have significant historical value; it is that to understand these apparently fanciful components of the narrative, scholars must also understand the strategies and the rhetorical devices that the Amerindian narrators used to generate them. This study will examine an aspect of the rich and complex mytho-poetic data documenting the Battle of Poyauhtlan in the Historia de Tlaxcala. This particular data develops through the linking of the Mesoamerican rain divinity, Tlaloc, with Tlaxcalan victory at Poyauhtlan, the consumption of water insects in seasonal and ritual events, and the geography of the region.
- Mesoamerican rhetorical device,
- Insects as protein
EditorDebra D. Andrist
Citation InformationJEANNE GILLESPIE. "The Body and Indigenous Control of Environment. The Fluids of Life: Blood, Water, Power and Bugs a la Tlaxcalteca" Brighton, Chicago, TorontoThe Body: Subject and Subjected (2016) p. 6 - 12
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeanne_gillespie/4/