AZTECS: Jaguar and Five Rabbit
A Fictional Historical Novel of families within the Aztec Capital 1516 to 1519 CE.
The powerful Aztec Empire, like all empires, was built by the common people, who labored for nearly two hundred years at constructing one of the most amazing cities and societies that ever thrived in Mesoamerica. Here are stories of the common people, the nobles, and the religious leaders, which are intertwined with love, friendships, families, and wars, all completly immersed within their God's invisible machieries that daily and relentlessly drives their universe towards its fateful future. Here is a society of diametrically opposite values, which existed and survived side-by-side. We see a physical and psychological landscape of a time, whose structures, writings, and beliefs have been systematically destroyed.
This is a story of lovers, whose powerful desire to be forever together, is the magic that guides them through an ever-fluxing nightmare that is their reality.
Oil Painting for Jaguar and Five Rabbit, Cover,
The paperback and hardback covers for Jaguar and Five Rabbit are from the author's painting of the Aztec "God of Dawn." Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent God, in the guise of the Morning Star, the Planet Venus.
A Generalized Map of the Aztec Campaigns portrayed in the book.
A map of an eighty mile area around the Aztec Capital, showing the trails along which the Emperor's army marched during the two major wars described in the story.
The Aztec Capital is situated on its manmade island near the western shores of Lake Texcoco, the Lake of the Moon. The capital city is connected to the mainland by a series of long causways, which offer protection from any unwanted assialants who might desire to gain access to the extremely rich city. The Causeways were guarded night and day by Aztec Warriors, who were sworn by a blood oath to protect the City, the Emperor, and the Aztec Gods.
Tenoch, was one of the greatest cities and societies that ever florished in Mesoamerica, a civilization dedicated to its all-powerful gods, a civilization whose fateful journey led to a future, where new gods would come to dominate all that had been and all that would be.
"The Conquest," (the second book of the series) Continues the story of Jaguar and Five Rabbit through the time of Cortes' military conquest of the Aztec Empire. "The Conquest" gives a realistic look from both the Aztec and Spanish sides of the historical drama whose details have been severely smudged by the one sided Spanish historical commentary.