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(MEXICAN MANUSCRIPTS.) Nahuatl petition complaining of abuses. One manuscript page, 12 x 8 1/4 inches; trimmed, moderate worming. With 3 typed pages of transcriptions and notes dated 1947. Ahuelicán, Guerrero, circa 17th century
A petition made to a local bishop by the town council of Ahuelicán, a mountain Nahua village about halfway between Mexico City and Acapulco. They complained of the excessive tribute demanded by the town's clergy, particularly toward the celebration of religious holidays. They pleaded for a reduction in tribute, and in the number of holidays and feasts that they were expected to fund. It is accompanied by a 1947 typed transcription, translation, and notes by Ángel María Garibay Kintana (1892-1967), an influential and pioneering scholar of Nahuatl. While the vocabulary is not very different from the well-known Nahuatl of the Valley of Mexico, some noteworthy differences appear, such as "quie" for ca ye, or "tictlani" for tiquitlani, which Garibay in his transcription reverts to their more common forms. This lot is thus not only a piece of Mexican history, but also of the history of the academic study of Nahuatl.
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