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3744 - The Hidden Dialogues within Altepetl

A close reading of Mexican indigenous annals reveals that polygyny among the ruling nobility played a role beyond helping altepetls create multiple alliances. It was also the source of great social fissures, creating factions with large ruling clans. Most of the preconquest wars we have tended to interpret as unfolding between altepetls were at least to some extent also civil wars unfolding within altepetls, between branches of the same ruling family who had allied with different outsiders.

Keywords: Mexico, indigenous, annals, polygyny, polygamy, women

Author: Townsend, Camilla (Rutgers University, US Minor Outlying Islands)

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