The Aztecs of Central Mexico were an abstemious lot, proscribing the excessive consumption of alcohol and issuing stern edicts about the circumstances in which ritual celebrants might partake. This talk will explore the revelry that takes place around an enormous vat of the alcoholic drink known as pulque during an annual Aztec festival, known as Quecholli, illustrated in a sixteenth-century manuscript known as the Codex Borbonicus.
The Borbonicus Quecholli scene cannot be easily explained by comparison with other colonial sources, but might be understood as a celebration for the important feast-day known as 2 Rabbit, which was notoriously associated with debauchery and overindulgence in pulque.
Speaker Catherine diCesare is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University.
Free for Alianza members and students with current ID, $5 for DAM members, $10 others.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.
Image: Pulque festival, in the Mexican Codex Magliabechiano, 16th century Aztec manuscript. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons