Historian Patrick Johansson will present research on Nahua omens

The historian Patrick Johanson will present an investigation on the Nahua omens about the fall of their empire, and how it was represented in their space-time, the next Thursday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m.through the social networks of the Mexican Academy of Language institution.

Johansson underlines the perspective that the Mexica had of time: “their cognitive apprehension of duration and calendrical periodization reveal the very particular way of feeling, thinking and being in time.” The winner of the National University Award develops throughout his presentation how this episteme uniquely helped the Nahuas to herald the end of the indigenous world.

As an example of this, Johansson uses the investiture of cuauhtĂ©mocappointed and destined as a “descending eagle” in days nemontemitemporality considered vain and useless, to show that the name of his last tlatoani, somehow, anticipated “the inescapable defeat, the apocalyptic and tremendous splendor of the end of a world at the same time.”

Member, since 2009, of the Mexican Academy of Language. Patrick Johansson in 1979 joined the Nahuatl Culture Seminar of the Historical Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Since 1992 he has been a professor and tutor of the Graduate Program in Mesoamerican Studies and a professor of Pre-Hispanic Literatures (Nahuatl and Maya) at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters. His most recent posts are Xochimiquiztli. Flowery death. Human sacrifice among the Aztecs (2022), Ahnelhuayoxochitl. rootless flower (2021) and From Aztlan to Tenochtitlan. The founding feat of Mexico City (2021).


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