Book

General history of the things of New Spain: Florentine codex: book 4 -- the soothsayers and book 5 -- the omens

The School of American Research and the University of Utah (14) (5/6) • Published In 1957 • Pages: xviii, 196 , 20 plates

By: Sahagún, Bernadino de, -1590, Anderson, Arthur J. O, Dibble, Charles E..

Abstract
The Franciscan missionary Sahagún presaged modern ethnography when, beginning the 1540s, he initiated a project to better comprehend pre-Conquest Aztec ideology and culture, interviewing elderly elites and having the data transcribed and illustrated by multilingual native scholars over a period of some thirty years. This is English language translation combines two books of the original side-by-side Spanish and Nahuatl text. Book 4 deals with the predicted fortunes of individuals born under each day sign of the calendar. A fairly large amount of information on religious beliefs and social practices was incorporated into the predictions, which also provide an example of Aztec literary art. The appendix to Book 4 is a discourse by Sahagún (written in Spanish only) on Aztec calendrics and associated ceremonials. Book 5 is a collection of omens and superstitious beliefs, including some information on childbirth; most superstitions listed in the appendix likely persisted to the time they were recorded.
Subjects
Revelation and divination
Luck and chance
Ordering of time
Naming
Magicians and diviners
Sex and marital offenses
Spirits and gods
Prayers and sacrifices
Alcoholic beverages
Mercantile business
Travel
Sacred objects and places
Social placement
Visual arts
Techniques of socialization
Ethnometeorology
culture
Aztecs
HRAF PubDate
2017
Region
Middle America and the Caribbean
Sub Region
Central Mexico
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Missionary-5
Analyst
Robert Lee ; 1958
Coverage Date
1500-1579
Coverage Place
central highland Mexico
Notes
Fray Bernadino de Sahagún ; translated from the Aztec, with notes and illustrations, by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Charles E. Dibble
Uniform title: Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España. English & Aztec
LCCN
51002409
LCSH
Indians of Mexico--Antiquities/Aztecs/Natural history--Mexico/Mexico--History--Conquest, 1519-1540/Mexico--Antiquities