Dante's heritage: questioning the multi-layered model of the Mesoamerican universe

Nielsen, Jesper; Reunert, Toke Sellner
June 2009
Antiquity;Jun2009, Vol. 83 Issue 320, p399
Academic Journal
Ancient Mesoamericans are generally thought to have imagined the universe staked in vertical layers, not unlike the cosmic layers of Dante's Comedy. Dismantling this model, our authors show it to be based upon a post-conquest European-Aztec hybrid. This penetrating critique tracks the history of the hybrid cosmos from its first appearance through its resilient repetition until today.


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