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The Noble Houses

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Ñuu Dzaui history may really be divided into the periods before and after the dramatic episode of Lord 8 Deer and Lady 6 Monkey. This chapter gives an overview of the period between the death of Lord 8 Deer and the Conquista, just as it is described by the codices. In accordance with the style of Mixtec historiography the information is largely genealogical, with a bewildering abundance of calendar names and given names of individuals related to each other by direct succession or by complex kinship ties. Behind those ties, the authors discover the ancient alliance policies, factionalism and other dynamics of power. Finally, the death of Lord 4 Wind and the demise of the central authority of Ñuu Yuchi seem to have been followed by a 'dark century', a difficult period of political atomization, in which noble houses struggled to affirm their local power bases.

Keywords: Ñuu Dzaui history; Ñuu Yuchi; ancient alliance policies; Conquista; factionalism; Lady 6 Monkey; Lord 4 Wind; Lord 8 Deer; Mixtec historiography; noble houses

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