Yucatan and Mexico

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1880 - 128 pages
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Page 6 - ... que esto es cosa que ellos saben y entienden, porque esta era su escritura; y no le dije a sordos, porque luego comenzaron tantos a traer sus pecados escritos, que tampoco me podía valer, y ellos con una paja apuntando, y yo con otra ayudándoles, se confesaban muy brevemente; y de esta manera hubo lugar de confesar...
Page 15 - Yo pecador, me confieso", pintan un indio hincado de rodillas a los pies de un religioso, como que se confiesa; y luego para aquella...
Page 6 - De estos libros y escrituras los más de ellos se quemaron al tiempo que se destruyeron las otras idolatrías; pero no dejaron de quedar muchas escondidas, que las hemos visto y aun ahora se guardan, por donde hemos entendido sus antiguallas.
Page 9 - ... antigüedades, como esta fuente había sido destruida, empezó por reconstruirla. Al efecto, hizo en castellano "una minuta ó memoria" de las cosas que quería tratar, y los indios le escribieron esas materias "por pinturas, que aquella era la escritura que ellos antiguamente usaban.
Page 12 - ... made, and when wedged and broken two ridges would have resulted. Had these two ridges remained upon the two sides of the tablet, it would have been easy to polish them away and thus procure a pair of even surfaces, such as a sculptor would naturally wish to obtain for his work. This, however, seems not to have happened. The ridges, I suppose, must have resulted upon the two convex portions of the celt, while the tablet itself displayed two corresponding grooves. To remedy this, the grooves were...
Page 11 - We have said before that these natives had books, and the messengers who were procurators for the new colony of Coluacana, together with other presents, brought many of them hither to Spain. The leaves of these books, upon which they write, are of the membrane of trees, from the substance that grows beneath the upper bark, and which they say Is very scarce.
Page 12 - ... them which was very thick and the height of a man of ordinary stature, and that was the bone from the hip to the knee. I measured myself against it and it was as tall as I am although I am of fair size. They brought other pieces of bones like the first, but they were already eaten away and destroyed by the soil. We were all amazed at seeing those bones and felt sure that there must have been giants in this country, and our Captain Cortes said to us that it would be well...
Page 12 - ... myself against it, and it was as tall as I am, who am a man of reasonable stature ; and they brought other pieces of bones like the first, but they were already rotted through by the earth, and we were all amazed to see those bones, and held that for certain that there had been giants in that land • and our captain Cortes said to us, that it would be well to send the great bone to Castile that his Majesty might see it ; and so we sent It by the first messengers who went.
Page 6 - ... ya causa de no tener letras, sino caracteres, y la memoria de los hombres ser débil y flaca, los viejos de esta tierra son varios en declarar las antigüedades y cosas notables de esta tierra, aunque algunas cosas se han colegido y entendido por sus figuras, cuanto a la antigüedad y sucesión de los señores que señorearon y gobernaron esta tan grande tierra; lo cual aquí...
Page 7 - Que las sciencias que enseñavan eran la cuenta de los años, meses y dias, las fiestas y cerimonias, la administración de sus sacramentos, los dias y tiempos fatales, sus maneras de adivinar y sus prophecias, los acaecimientos, y remedios para los males, y las antigüedades, y leer y escrivir con sus libros y carateres con los quales escrivian y con figuras que significavan las escrituras.

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