First published in 1983, Nahuat Myth and Social Structure brings together an important collection of modern-day Aztec Indian folktales and vividly demonstrates how these tales have been shaped by the social structure of the communities in which they are told.
A Note on Nahuat Orthography
Part I. The People
2. The Nahuat
3. Huitzilan de Serdán
4. Santiago Yaonáhuac
Part II. A Common Cosmology
5. Space and Time
6. Nahuat and Hispanics
Part III. Differences in Parallel Stories
7. Narrative Acculturation
8. Men Who Enter the Forest
9. Lightning-bolts Who Punish Sin
10. Adam and Eve
11. Men : Women : : Culture : Nature
Appendix 1. Story Summaries
Appendix 2. Profiles of Nahuat Storytellers
James M. Taggart is Lewis Audenreid Professor of History and Archaeology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
"Nahuat Myth and Social Structure incorporates a panoramic view of Nahuat politics, economy, and home life.... The book will hold up as a primary source for Nahuat culture studies and as a source of inspiration for anyone interested in the development and continuity of Aztec myth."
—Journal of American Folklore
"A penetrating study in which the contemporary rephrasings of old Nahuat traditions are no longer studied in artificial isolation, but as part of the social whole of the communities from which they come and whose image is therein reflected."
—Hispanic American Historical Review
"Taggart has written an original contribution to the study of folktales and oral literature. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in Mexican ethnography and history, sexual ideology, ethnic relations, social stratification, acculturation, religious syncretism, or the methodology of the controlled comparison of folktales.... Highly recommended."