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The work of Fray Bernardino de Sahagún (1499-1590)

Documentary heritage submitted by Mexico, Italy and Spain and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

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Florentine Codex. Appendix. Huitzilopochtli, Painal, Tezcatlipoca (Espejo Humeante), Tlaloc.

The work of Fray Bernardino de Sahagún (1499-1590) constitutes one of the most renowned historic sources of ancient Mexico. He was a pioneer of modern anthropology and showed singular commitment, reticence and intelligence. His work contains the Matritense Codex, a manuscript product of the great ethnographic research in the New Spain of the mid-16th century and the Florentine Codex, a manuscript in two columns with texts in Náhuatl and Spanish.



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