General History of Things in New Spain II

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788490077917
Hardcover ISBN: 9788411265713
Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498167160

The General History of the Things of New Spain brings together the 12 books (this is his second volume and includes books 7 to 12) published in Mexico by the Franciscan monk Bernardino de Sahagún between 1540 and 1590 from interviews with indigenous informants in Tlatelolco, Texcoco and Tenochtitlan. The best surviving manuscript of the work is the so-called Florentine Codex, housed in the archives of the Laurentian Library of Florence, a copy of the texts whose original source was lost, possibly destroyed by the Spanish authorities. Throughout the twelve books that make up the work, different issues of the culture of the natives are addressed, from religious beliefs, astronomy and divination, prayers and rhetorical forms typical of traditional discourses in the Nahuatl language, to knowledge about the sun, the moon and the stars, or commerce, history, Aztec society and the Spanish conquest.
After almost half a millennium, the General History of the Things of New Spain de Sahagún not only remains one of the main sources of information about the life of the Aztecs before the “discovery”, but the first attempt to practice the complicated ethnographic exercise of “putting oneself in the place of the other” trying to assume the internal logic of an alien mentality —and, in part, missing one’s own— to understand the world where other men live.

Edited by Juan Carlos Temprano.

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