Códices coloniales poblanos

Puebla: Independently Published, 2014. First Edition. Paperback. 93p., photos, facsimiles, bibl., wrps. New. Item #83116

Definition of codex The codex (from the Latin codex-book, manuscript) is the name for pictographic documents or images made as cultural products of great civilizations; Mayan, Mixtec, Aztec, Otomí, etc.
The codices were made on amate paper, on tanned deerskin or on cotton fabric.
They are first-hand historical sources on multiple aspects such as: religious beliefs, rituals, history, economic system, tributes, maps, chronology. The pictographic manuscripts of pre-Hispanic societies protect an authentic writing system and therefore it is not only possible to interpret them but also read them.
The codices were considered sacred objects; both its use and its content.
The representations contained in the codices are peculiar abbreviations or keys to meanings, sometimes very complex, composed of graphite or signs that, because they originate from some idea, are represented in symbols. Diego Durán wrote about the codices: They had everything written and painted in books and on long papers with accounts of the years, months and days in which they had happened, they had written in those paintings their ordinance laws, their patterns.

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