Article : A Reexamination of the birds in the central mexican codices
- Sharpe, Ashley E.
Eduard Seler’s 1909 analysis of the various birds and their associated symbolism in the Mexican codices is one of the most thorough undertakings of its kind; however, although numerous revelations have been made in the realm of codex research over the past century, no comprehensive attempt has been undergone to revise Seler’s initial identifications. The present study reviews the major bird species from Seler’s original essay. Seven codices from the Borgia and Aztec Groups are assessed, so as to compare species traits and symbolic representations between both regions. The study incorporates recent research on the central Mexican codices, symbolism, myths, and ethnohistoric accounts, in addition to discoveries made over the last century in the fields of ornithology and zooarchaeology, in order to revise the identifications made in Seler’s original work and to create a more comprehensive review of the roles each of these birds played in ancient Mexican mythology.
- Ancient Mesoamerica, 2014, Automne, vol. 25, n° 2, p. 317-336.
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S09565361140002