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IV The Ritual Practice of Time of the 52-year Calendar of the Postclassic Aztec Civilisation

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The 52-year calendar was introduced by Ce Tochtli and ended by Matlactli omome Calli. The Aztecs celebrated an important fire-ritual called xiuhmolpilli at the end of the 52-year cycle according to the Spanish ethnographer missionaries. The 52-year time calendar count was correlated with quadripartite horizontal space. The Aztecs perceived the 52-year calendar as consisting of four thirteen-year cycles in one great cycle. The four Year Bearers has reigned thirteen years each when the 52-year calendar cycle has passed. The new fire of the 52-year calendar had accordingly the symbolic meaning of renewing. Consequently, the 52-year calendar ritual was not always celebrated on the date of the completion and beginning of the 52-year calendar. The ideology of the political, socio-economic and military elite creates the social patterns and the fundamental understanding of time. The structuring and renewing of historical time of the 52-year calendar, linear or cyclical, had a political aspect.

Keywords: 52-year calendar; Aztec ritual practice; New Fire Ceremony; Postclassic Aztec civilisation; Spanish ethnographer missionaries



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