Thursday, January 17, 2008

Week Fifty: Warrior Race

As pervasive as any other intellectual or social development, war has been a cornerstone of societal advancement for many years. It is no surprise, then, that Warrior Races have been known to ascend to power fairly regularly. Eventually, either by self-destruction or by being conquered themselves, these societies fall. And so goes the ebb and flow of history.

Pictured here is a Jaguar Warrior from the Aztec codex Magliabechiano, dating back to the mid-Sixteenth Century. These codices serve as an excellent first-hand historical source about this pre-colonial Central American group of warriors, and they interestingly contained mostly pictures. This isn’t to say that the Aztec’s had no other culture but war; to them, poetry was considered the only true art form of the docile warrior.

See you on Tuesday.

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