Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation

Written by Francisco X. Alarcon

Snake Poems:  An Aztec Invocation, provides insight into the environmental awareness of the Aztec Indians; their connection to, dependence on, and gratitude toward nature before enslavement by the Spanish conquistadors.  It includes poems, incantations and invocations offered in Nahuatl, the Indian language of the Aztecs, as recorded by Hernando Ruiz de Alarcon, a Spanish priest whose mission was to eradicate the native traditions and subjugate the indigenous people to Catholicism even if that meant murder and torture. The Aztec poems are simple, connected, and would serve us well today as Planet Earth is being "conquistadorized" for profit. 

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