Religious Studies Professor to Present Lecture at Emory University

Molly-BassettDr. Molly Bassett, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, will present a lecture at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University on the topic of Teosinte & Tlacatl: Corn & People in Aztec Religion on Tuesday, January 27 @ 7:30 PM.

Thousands of years ago, Mesoamericans domesticated maize from a grass called teosinte, a compound word that links corn to the gods. Dr. Bassett will explore how Aztec mythology articulates maize’s centrality. The Aztecs understood themselves as living in the heart of a world that had been created and destroyed multiple times. During these solar cycles, maize became increasingly important. In the first age, people ate acorns; in the second, pine nuts; in the third, wild plants; in the fourth, a precursor to corn; and in the Fifth Sun, the time in which the Aztecs lived, humans ate maize. The Aztec myth of the Fifth Sun reveals a clear cosmogonic progression: as culture developed, corn developed, and from both religious and agricultural perspectives, culture depended on corn.

Selected works by Dr. Bassett include:

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