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Political And Ideological Dynamics

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Trying to make some generalizations about the contents of Mixtec historiography, the authors find that its immediate concern was the intricate web of relationships of lineages and polities, predetermined by the deeds of the Ancestors, and, on a higher level, the dealings of humankind with power. The codices, therefore, provide insights into the ancient Ñuu Dzaui political dynamics and ideology. Where archeological surveys show the process of nucleation and growth of primary centers, the pictorial manuscripts and oral traditions provide an emic perspective. The main segment of the codices deals with the genealogical connections between the noble houses, as a chart for identifying prospective marriage partners and the implications of kinship policies as to heritage rights. In accordance with this reading the authors interpret the marital alliances not only as links between members of a large, supralocal ruling family but also as interactions between communities.

Keywords: Ñuu Dzaui political dynamics; codices; marital alliances; Mixtec historiography; noble houses; oral traditions; pictorial manuscripts



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