Moran Publishes Book on Aztec Food and Ritual Practice

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Dr. Liz Moran, Associate Professor of art history, has published Sacred Consumption: Food and Ritual in Aztec Art and Culture, a book that analyzes how foods were transformed into sacred elements within particular Aztec rituals, and how food in turn gave meaning to the rituals performed.

“In comparing textual and pictorial sources it becomes evident that for the Aztecs, not only were foods transformed in ritual performances through either a physical or symbolic metamorphosis, but the rituals themselves were transformative because of the use of food,” says Moran. "My project on food and ritual in Aztec art is the first integrated study by an art historian, and explores the everyday and ritual as intertwined aspects of life, a point of view that is more in keeping with Aztec philosophy.

Moran specializes in pre-Columbian, African and Caribbean arts. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

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