Los viajes de sol y luna. El Ciclo de los Gemelos en Oaxaca, México y América del Sur. Prólogo Alfredo López Austin

Ciudad de México: Secreataría de Cultura, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (Colec. Etnología y Anthropología Social. Ser, Logos), 2021. First Edition. Paperback. 298p., photos, illus., bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #79027
ISBN: 9786075395630

There are two central concerns of this work. Perhaps the main one is to realize that the myth of the Sun and Moon twins, recorded among the native peoples of Oaxaca, constitutes a narrative tradition linked to the ancient Otomanguean linguistic macrofamily. The author considers it as an archaic substratum of the Mesoamerican cosmologies of the contact period. Then he proposes that Sun and Moon constitute a referential model of twinning, understood as a basic principle of cosmological and social duality, since there is no greater display of duality offered to human perception than the existence of day and night. On the other hand, it seeks to elucidate the remarkable parallelism between the Mesoamerican mythical cycle and that of the South American peoples, although it seems risky to relate the inhabitants of the Mesoamerican state formations with the tropical horticulturists. In the ancient pre-Inca traditions of the antes, the cycle also appears (Paracas and Nasca cultures, 2800 BP). The author therefore seeks to explore the routes of the Pacific coast as spaces of cultural relationship. As far as the tropical lowlands are concerned, he enters a communication route not too frequented in matters of this nature: the Antilles.

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