Paris: Riveneuve Editions, 2011. b/w and color plates, ports., maps, facs., meas. draw, gloss., bibl. (p. 351-362), + 1 videodisc (DVD : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.), color pict. fldg. wrps. Table of contents only http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy12pdf01/2011474837.html. (New). Item #98982
A brilliant and erudite analysis demonstrating the garment as a mirror of society. In Pre-Columbian Mexico many were loaded with symbolic trappings: the tunic and open xicolli exclusively worn by Aztec priests in human sacrifices to the gods, or the war tlahuiztli dress, a garment covering the whole body and embodies a ferocious animal terrifying monster, transforming the wearer certainly in the same animal or monster, and protecting him in the battle to ensure victory. Designed by the ancients as a real weapon, the tlahuiztli can boast frightened many Spanish soldiers, which, indeed, were not immune to supernatural beliefs. Manyof these clothes are found today, preserving their daily use. The loincloth does not disappear entirely, decorated ends that remain today are a direct legacy. The long tunic called a huipil, highly decorated, which is also a legacy of the past, of the same family as the tunic of native South America and, more recently, the Lacandon - which suggests that it originated in southern Mesoamerica, while the quechquemitl, small cape, is from the North and has gradually spread onto the high plateau of Mexico. Guy Stresser-Pean, a professor at EPHE Paris and founder of the French Archaeological Mission and Ethnology in Mexico. Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- Cartes -- Tableau chronologique -- Chapitre l. De la nudité au vètir -- Chapitre 2 Les vètements de guerre -- Chapitre 3. Atours corporels -- Chapitre 4. Les parures des temps precortesiens -- Chapitre 5. Le miroir de la societe -- Annexe. Le tissage en "Courbe" -- Chez les otomís du sud de la Huasteca -- Glossaire -- Bibliographie -- Table des matieres.