3121 - Time and Space in Pictorial and Visual Projections, from the Late PostClassic onto the Mid Colonial Era

The notion of temporal and spatial domains as components of a single continuum is an ancient epistemic belief that informs the alphabetic and pictorial narratives produced in large numbers by Mesoamerican scribes in the Late Postclassic (1200-1519 CE) period, and by Nahua authors in Central Mexico from the early colonial period into the present. Such an epistemology continues to inform, to some degree, collective perceptions of space and the cosmos in contemporary communities who speak Nahuatl (a Uto-Aztec language). From the methodological and conceptual standpoint of three subdisciplines-historical anthropology, linguistic anthropology and symbolic anthropology-this project proposes a sustained and exhaustive analysis of the representation of time and space as closely interrelated domains in Nahuatl colonial and contemporary communities. Hence, this proposal addresses the following questions:

1.What cosmological theories, regardless of their relationship to orthodox Christian beliefs, link space, time, and cosmological structure, according to Nahua ritual specialists?

2. What are the exact relationships between spatio-temporal concepts and the performance of socially meaningful actions (such as the narration of pilgrimages and foundational events, forms of social and kinship organization, and land surveys) in this culture?

3. How did these two cultures link mortuary rites and cosmological beliefs with discontinuities and movement across the spatio-temporal continuum?

Palabras claves: Time and Space, Nahua Funerary Rites, Aztec pictorial manuscripts. Mexico

Autores: Megged, Amos (Universidad de Haifa, Israel, Israel / Israel)


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