Charmaigne's Voyager Search

1) Aztec Medicine, Health, and Nutrition

Title: Aztec medicine, health, and nutrition / Bernard R.
Main Author:Ortiz de Montellano, B. (Bernard)
Title: Aztec medicine, health, and nutrition /
Bernard R. Ortiz de Montellano.
Primary Material: Book
Subject(s): Aztecs--Medicine.
Aztecs--Health and hygiene.
Publisher: New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.
Description:xvi, 308 p.: ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-292) and index.
Call Number:F1219.76.M43 O78 1990

Charmaigne's Annotation: Aztec Medicine, Health, and Nutrition by Ortiz de Montellano, B. (Bernard) is an excellent resource for serious students of Aztec culture and their medicinal practices. The author supports his theories regarding how, when and where they used certain plants, herbs and foods with anthropological and archeaological evidence.

He examines ancient herbology with all of our senses, transporting us to the time of the pagan rituals of blood. We become aware of the perilous existence of the Mesoamericans. Their life on the great rivers subjected them to diseases of dampness such as encephalitis and meningitis. Fortunately, there was an abundance of natural remedies found in the lush or arrid areas to stave off epidemics.

Actually, they were pretty healthy considering their sources of nutrition were completely unadulterated. Imagine canoeing down the river to tend floating gardens and feeding yourself with that cheesey spirulina type algae flourishing all over the water! It is green, nutrient packed, and practically pure chlorophyll! What a healthy existence there was until the Europeans invaded and brought unknown diseases.

This book is the best reference for my final paper-website on the Aztecs. I will reluctantly return it the CSU Monterey Bay library tomorrow. I ordered a copy on the web and will place it prominantly among my favorite herbology and holistic health guides.

Other books I used for research on the topic of Plants, Herbs and Foods Used in Mesoamerica.


2) The Aztecs

Title: The Aztecs / Richard F. Townsend. *
Main Author:Townsend, Richard F.
Title: The Aztecs / Richard F. Townsend.
Primary Material: BookSubject(s): Aztecs.
Publisher: London: Thames and Hudson, 1996, c1992.
Description:224 p. ; 25 cm.
Series:Ancient peoples and places ; v. 107
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-219) and index.
Call Number:F1219.73 .T68 1993 3) Main Author:Carrasco, Davíd.
Other Author(s): Sessions, Scott.

Charmaigne's Annotation: The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend provides graphic examples of the conquest of the Aztec empire. It begins with an overview suggesting that the mission of the unsavory, invading Spaniards was the medieval crusading spirit to crush and destroy what they considered as pagan or anti Christiandom. They sought to achieve spiritual conquest by razing the great temples and history of the ancients down to the ground with their hither-to never before seen seige tactics of war. Ironically, Spain sent its friars to record the events of Indian life before, during and after the conquest. This left the acounts of the Aztec existence in t he hands of the Spanish interpretations. Therefore, the information of the friars is jaded and uncomplimentary in many instances. This book gives excellent information on the religions of the Aztecs with tables that include breakdowns of their dieties with translations and attributes. This book was an invaluable source of learning for my final paper.


3) The Aztecs

Title: The Aztecs / Michael E. Smith.
Published: Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
Description: Book xviii, 361 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
LC Subject(s): Aztecs--History. Aztecs--Antiquities. Aztecs--Social life and customs. Mexico--Antiquities.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-347) and index.
Series: Peoples of America.
Database: CSU Monterey Bay Library
Location: Book Stacks
Call Number: F1219.73 .S58 1996
Number of Items: 1
Status: Renewed - Due on 06-11-01

Charmaigne's Annotation: The Aztecs by Michael E. Smith is another excellent book on the Aztec culture. The book presents succinct chapters that cover important areas in Aztec life such as their environment, ethnohistory, archaeology and technology. Timelines regarding successive civilizations to the Triple Alliance is also helpful. Their population, diet, agriculture, crafts, faqmily structures, political systems, rituals, science and art, demise and legacy are discussed. I focused on chapter 10 because it includes information on their use of medicines derived from plants. On page 260 of the book, Friar Sahagun's Nahua informants described a good (probably applicable to either a male or a female) physician as:

The true doctor. He is a wise man [tlamatini]; he imparts life. A tried specialist, he has worked with herbs, stones, trees, and roots. His remedies have been tested; he examines, he experiments, he alleviates sickness. He massages aches and sets broken bones. He administers purges and purges and portions; he bleeds his patients; he cutsw and he sews the wound; he brings about reactions; he stanches the bleeding with ashes. Smith, 1996:261.


4) From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Author: Coe, Michael D.
Title: Mexico : from the Olmecs to the Aztecs / Michael D. Coe.
Edition: 4th ed., fully rev. and expanded.
Published: New York : Thames and Hudson, 1994.
Description: Book 215 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
LC Subject(s): Indians of Mexico--Antiquities. Indians of Mexico--History. Mexico--History--To 1519. Mexico--Antiquities.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-208) and index.
Series: Ancient peoples and places (Thames and Hudson)
Database: CSU Monterey Bay Library
Location: Book Stacks
Call Number: F1219.7 .C63 1994
Number of Items: 1
Status: Renewed - Due on 06-11-01


Charmaigne's Annotation: Mexico : from the Olmecs to the Aztecs by Michael D. Coe provided a generous education in the periods of human habitation in Mesoamerica. It is layed out in an orderly, easy to follow and understand fashion. I drew upon the section that discussed the origins of Mexican cultivated plants to the importance of maize.

Also, the chronology is nicely fitted to what was actually happening to the rulers, commoners, merchants, slaves, foreigners and other role players during the time of the Triple Alliance of the Empire just prior to the final conquest and destruction of the Aztecs by the Spanish.

The terminology enhanced my paper and increased my understanding of the Aztec culture. I am grateful for the opportunity to immerse my learning in such fine historic references such as these.


5) Primeros Memoriales

Title: [Primeros memoriales. Nahuatl & English
Primeros memoriales / by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún ;
paleography of Nahuatl text and English translation by Thelma D. Sullivan ; completed and rev., with additions, by H.B. Nicholson ... [et al.].
Primary Material: Book
Subject(s): Aztecs.
Paleography, Nahuatl.
Nahuatl language--Texts.
Publisher: Norman: University of Oklahoma
Press, 1997.
Description:xv, 334 p. ; 29 cm.
Series:The civilization of the American
Indian series ; v. 200, pt. 2
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-311) and index.
Call Number:F1219.73 .S2416 1997

Charmaigne's Annotation: Fray Bernardino de Sahagún is the primary source of information on Aztec culture. He was sent to New Spain to save the heathens from themselves. He found the natives amenable and willing to let him chronicle their lives of survival in the wilderness. This author is the foremost authority
and is often quoted and referred to by other respected authors on the subject. I would love to have his book and take a few months with it. I learned quite a bit inadvertently from this author and others cited in various books.


Schaefer, Stacy B., 1956-Furst, Peter T.
Title: People of the peyote: Huichol Indian history, religion, and survival
edited by Stacy B. Schaefer and Peter T. Furst.
Primary Material: Book
Subject(s): Huichol Indians--History.Huichol Indians--Religion.Huichol philosophy.Peyotism--Mexico--Nayarit.Shamanism--Mexico--Nayarit.Ethnohistory--Mexico--Nayarit.Rites and ceremonies--Mexico--Nayarit.Nayarit (Mexico)--Social life and customs.
Publisher: Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico, c1996.
Description: 1st ed. xiv, 560 p.: ill.; 27 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number: F1221.H9 P46 1996O
ther Author(s): Schroeder, Susan


Title: Daily life of the Aztecs: people of the sun and earth/
Davíd Carrasco, with Scott Sessions.
Variant Title: Aztecs
Primary Material: Book
Subject(s): Aztecs.
Publisher: Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Description:xvi, 282 p.: ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series:The Greenwood Press "Daily life through history" series,
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-277) and index.
Call Number:F1219.73 .C355 1998 4) Main Author:Sahagún, Bernardino de, d. 1590.
Other Author(s): Sullivan, Thelma D.
Nicholson, H. B. (Henry B.)