books about the ancient
'Pre-Columbian Civilizations & Cultures'
of North, Central & South America
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Below are a selection of books about 'Pre-Columbian Civilizations & Cultures' that brought great architectural structures, social organisation, and also 'human blood sacrifice' to the various region of North, Central and South America. These empires were decimated by the Spanish Conquistadors, Portuguese explorers, and other European 'empire-builders', and much detail of their various cultures has been lost forever. But researchers in many fields have managed to reconstruct a series of pictures of daily life in the various cities, towns and villages, and the list below reflects the many views that are currently held about these diverse peoples.
They are in no order of preference, and the book descriptions are used where reviews are not available to us. The similarities, and great differences, between interpretations, often of the same material, urban remains, and local oral traditions recorded by early explorers, make up a body of knowledge that continues to intrigue, facinate and surprise everyone that delves into the mysteries of the many ancient Pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas ...
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"A work of both consensus and innovation based upon extensive archaeological research, "Ancient Tollan: Tula and the Toltec Heartland" studies Mesoamerica's problem city-Tula or Tollan, seat of the Toltec state. Along with Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan, Tula was one of the most important prehispanic urban centers in Highland Central Mexico, reaching the height of its influence during the early Postclassic period between 900-1200 A.D."
"Quetzalcoatl Ce Acatl (born in A.D. 947)--whose stature has been compared to that of Christ, Buddha, and Krishna--was the key figure in the development of the spiritual culture of the Toltecs. In The Gospel of the Toltecs the author has gathered Nahua and Maya codexes, Spanish chronicles of conquest, and native oral tradition to recount the life of Quetzalcoatl: his temptation and fall; his initiation with sacred mushrooms; his long journey in search of spiritual enlightenment; his triumphant return to the Toltec land; and his subsequent teaching, self-immolation, ascension, and promise of return."
"Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs is the most comprehensive survey and discussion of the primary documentary sources and the relevant archaeological evidence concerning the most enigmatic figure of ancient Mesoamerica. Probably no indigenous New World personage has aroused more interest or more controversy than this Lord of Tollan, capital of the Toltec Empire, who was merged with the prominent Feathered Serpent god, Quetzalcoatl. Speculation began soon after the Spanish Conquest brought Europeans in contact with this ambiguous figure, and scholarly inquiry has continued unabated to the present."
"The secret sexual energy practices of Toltec-Mayan shamans revealed at last. * The author studied with don Juan Matus and the same circle of Nagual sorcerers who taught Carlos Castenada. * Offers specific step-by-step instructions for mastering the ancient sexual techniques that lead to spiritual transformation. Readers of Carlos Casteneda have often complained that his work in ancient Meso-american shamanism never covered sexual practices beyond celibacy. With his death in 1998 it seemed that these practices might never be revealed, but fortunately Merilyn Tunneshende has stepped in. Set against the backdrop of the golden deserts of Sonora, Mexico, Don Juan and the Art of Sexual Energy recounts Tunneshende's initiation into the ancient sexual energy practices of the Toltec-Mayan tradition."
"Song of Spirit summons the reader to the process of awakening. Ancient teachings are introduced within three cycles of experience. An encounter with a Nunnehi shape shifter on Blood Mountain by a group of hikers brings the teachings of Song of Spirit to a point of deep implantation within the mind. The concepts of the known, the unknown, and the unknowable are thereby properly housed within the awareness. Mystery unfolds as “Intent releases the dream within; the journey of mystery thus begins.” The translation of Nagal Logute Iyapa is “Spirit of the Empty One.” Emptiness leaves a distinct impression of grasping at morning mists upon the mountaintop. A Nagal simply exists…as a reflection of Spirit. “We are but drops in the dream we weep, the one true mystery is the song we seek.”"
"Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering."
"The gift of Toltec wisdom is in being able to transcend ordinary human awareness and achieve personal freedom. Simply put, personal freedom is the ability to choose how to act rather than react to the events in your life. The three Toltec Masteries of Awareness, Transformation, and Intent are the key to transcending your limitations and experiencing yourself as the creator of your life. This great teaching tradition has been handed down for many centuries."