Narrative and Ritual in the Codex Borgia: A Structural Analysis of this Postclassic Mexican Manuscript

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Narrative and Ritual in the Codex Borgia: A Structural Analysis of this Postclassic Mexican Manuscript

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Narrative and Ritual in the Codex Borgia: A Structural Analysis of this Postclassic Mexican Manuscript
Author: Gerritse, Samantha
Issue Date: 2013-08-31
Keywords: Codex Borgia
Narratology
Iconography
Analogies
Ontology
Abstract: This thesis focuses on the interpretation of pages 29 to 46 of the Codex Borgia. This sequence of pages is unique in the corpus of Mexican manuscripts, and it contain very complex imagery. Because of this, these pages have been the centre of many interpretation efforts for already more than a decade. To this day no consensus has been reached about the meaning of the pages. To aid in this matter, this thesis contains three aims: (1) to give an overview of the interpretations made thus far, (2) to identify the specific problems in the interpretation process in order to recommend future lines of research, and (3) to expand upon the knowledge of the imagery through a structural analysis of them from the perspective of narratology. First, an overview of eight interpretations has been created. Secondly, these interpretations have been evaluated on the basis of the analogies that have been drawn in order to identify the problems in the interpretation process. Third and lastly, the narratological aspects time, space, events, actors, and focalization have been selected to analyse the structure (and thereby function) of the pages. It is concluded that that the pages represent various separate rituals in a ceremonial centre, and that the pages are of some kind of descriptive or prescriptive nature. It is very likely that the pages were used as a sort of guide for a variety rituals performed by a group of priests that was closely related to a Temple of Dark Wind, and in which hallucinations play a role.
Supervisor: Jansen, Prof. Dr. M.E.R.G.N.
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Research master)
Specialisation: RMA Religion and Society of Native American Cultures
ECTS Credits: 35
Evaluation: Recommended
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/21322
 

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