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'The Night' - a new article collection
The night was an ominous and dangerous part of life in Mesoamerica, and composed an inherent segment of the ideology and cosmology of numerous Indigenous cultures. But night-time was anything but sleepy. This sampling of articles that refer to the night illustrates not only how people went about their nocturnal business but how night-time was a part of an allegory for cosmic disorder, destruction, and renewal. Their activities included fishing, hunting, night walking, socializing, observing the dark sky, feasting, dancing, drinking fermented beverages, singing, participating in processions, celebrating a new cycle of time, venerating ancestors, and holding vigil. It wasn’t just humans who were busy at night; their spirit companions and altar-egos ran havoc, demons of darkness lurked about, deities visited each other, engaged in sexual pleasures, conflicts, killings, and continuously created the universe. Animals abounded at night, too; armadillos, foxes, owls, and jaguars to name just a few. The night was integral to the past, yet only recently has become an explicit subject of study. We hope that these articles provide a starting point for your own inquiries into the Mesoamerican night. They are free to download until the end of September 2022.