Monday, October 19, 2015

Quotes from _The Flower and the Scorpion_ #37

"the Nahuatl term teyolia, which will be used later in other confessional manuals in a variety of contexts. Nor does he use the Nahuatl term tetonal, which he elsewhere translates as "soul." For the Nahuas before the conquest, the term teyolia referred to the entity within the body that went to the land of the gods after death. . . . However, the term could only approximate the Christian concept of the soul, and preconquest Nahua thought does not ever distinguish teyolia from the body. However, for Christianized Nahuas after the conquest, as historian Alfredo Lopez Austin notes, the teyolia was directly identified with the soul."

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