9780806142715-0806142715-Bernardino de Sahagun: First Anthropologist

Bernardino de Sahagun: First Anthropologist

ISBN-13: 9780806142715
ISBN-10: 0806142715
Edition: Illustrated
Author: León-Portilla, Miguel
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Format: Paperback 340 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780806142715
ISBN-10: 0806142715
Edition: Illustrated
Author: León-Portilla, Miguel
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Format: Paperback 340 pages

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He was sent from Spain on a religious crusade to Mexico to “detect the sickness of idolatry,” but Bernardino de Sahagún (c. 1499-1590) instead became the first anthropologist of the New World. The Franciscan monk developed a deep appreciation for Aztec culture and the Nahuatl language. In this biography, Miguel León-Portilla presents the life story of a fascinating man who came to Mexico intent on changing the traditions and cultures he encountered but instead ended up working to preserve them, even at the cost of persecution.

Sahagún was responsible for documenting numerous ancient texts and other native testimonies. He persevered in his efforts to study the native Aztecs until he had developed his own research methodology, becoming a pioneer of anthropology. Sahagún formed a school of Nahua scribes and labored with them for more than sixty years to transcribe the pre-conquest language and culture of the Nahuas. His rich legacy, our most comprehensive account of the Aztecs, is contained in his Primeros Memoriales (1561) and Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva España (1577).

Near the end of his life at age 91, Sahagún became so protective of the Aztecs that when he died, his former Indian students and many others felt deeply affected.

Translated into English by Mauricio J. Mixco, León-Portilla’s absorbing account presents Sahagún as a complex individual–a man of his times yet a pioneer in many ways.

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