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Bernardino de Sahagun, first anthropologist

Author: Miguel León Portilla
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"He was sent from Spain on a religious crusade to Mexico to "detect the sickness of idolatry," but Bernardino de Sahagun (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 Leon-Portilla presents the life story of a fascinating man who came to Mexico intent on changing the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Bernardino, de Sahagún; Bernardino, de Sahagún
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miguel León Portilla
ISBN: 0806133643 9780806133645 9780806142715 0806142715
OCLC Number: 47990042
Language Note: Translation of: Bernardino de Sahagún, pionero de la antropología.
Description: ix, 324 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Roots and education in renaissance Spain (1499-1529) --
Encounter with the new world (1529-1540) --
Original plan for the evangelization and rescue of the indigenous voice (1540-1558) --
Beginning of systematic and global research in Tepepulco (1558-1561) --
Editing and expansion of the Tepepulco material and return to Tiatelolco (1561-1575) --
Arrival of Rodrigo de Sequera and the composition of the Historia general, or the Florentine codex (1575-1580) --
Up to the end, with additional works, unpleasantness, and hopes (1580-1590) --
Legacy of Bernardino de Sahagun.
Other Titles: Bernardino de Sahagún, pionero de la antropología.
Responsibility: Miguel León-Portilla ; translation by Mauricio J. Mixco.

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"He was sent from Spain on a religious crusade to Mexico to "detect the sickness of idolatry," but Bernardino de Sahagun (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 Leon-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."--Jacket.

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