Sunday, October 4, 2015

Quotes from _The Flower and the Scorpion_ #22

"[The phrase] yn tlazolli yn teuhtli, "trash and dust", [was] used by Catholic priests in an attempt to express sexual excess and sin by means of the Nahua avoidance of excess, but actually related to Tlazolteotl"

I had not heard this difrasismo before reading this book.  One of the side things that fascinates me about studying Nahua culture is to see the complete fumbles made by the colonizers (like this one) and to ponder the consequences of those fumbles . . . Kallisti and 23 skiddoo!

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