Saturday, October 3, 2015

Quotes from _The Flower and the Scorpion_ #21

"The term Nahuas used to stand in for sexual activity, tlalticpacayotl, was a term both burdened with and buttressed by the tlazolli complex. The term linked with the earth, seen as a generative being, always signifying fertility. But the earth also spawned both dirt and danger. One always needed to use care to prevent too much dirt from coming into one's life (hence the young nobleman needed to avoid too much tlalticpacayotl). And while one needed to feast (moderately) on the earth, one needed to be wary of that which the earth produced: dangerous animals and poisonous plants could kill."

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