The History of Mexico, Volume 2

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Page 109 - In the tombs of the rich they put gold and jewels, but all were provided with eatables for the long journey which they had to make. The Spanish conquerors, knowing of the gold which was buried with the Mexican lords in their tombs, dug up several, and found considerable quantities of that precious metal. Cortez says, in his letters, that at one entry...
Page 243 - ... a variety of cotton mantles, some all white, others chequered with white and black, or red, green, yellow, and blue — on the outside rough like...
Page 228 - ... of animals, but likewife in private houfes, and at certain feafons they carried off their feathers to make ufe of them on this kind of work, or to fell them at market. They...
Page 176 - ... elevation above the surface of the water. These were the first fields which the Mexicans owned after the foundation of Mexico; there they first cultivated the maize, great pepper, and other plants, accessary for their support.
Page 176 - X materials, together, which are light, but capable of supporting the earth of the garden firmly united. Upon this foundation they lay the light gardens of bushes which float on the lake, and over all, the mud and dirt which they draw up from the bottom of the same lake.
Page 99 - ... out for him ; but before the union was concluded on, the diviners were confulted, who, after having...
Page 106 - They cut off fomc of the hair, which, together with fome more which had been cut off in the infancy of the king, they preferved in a little box, in order to perpetuate, as they faid, the memory of the deceafed. Upon the box they laid an image of the deceafed, made of wood, or of ftone.
Page 116 - Scorn not him whom you see fall into folly or transgression, nor make him reproaches; but restrain thyself, and beware lest thou fall into the same error which offends thee in another. Go not where thou art not called, nor interfere in that which does not concern thee. Endeavour to manifest thy good breeding, in all thy words and actions.
Page 26 - They were generally made of clay, and certain kinds of stone and wood; but sometimes too of gold and other metals: and there were some of gems. In a high mountain of Achiauhtla, in Mizteca, Benedict Fernandez, a celebrated Dominican missionary, found a little idol called by the Miztecas the heart of the people. It was a very precious emerald, four inches long and two inches broad, upon which was engraved the figure of a bird, and round it that of a little snake. The Spaniards offered fifteen hundred...
Page 105 - ... of the deceafed, they put a gem of more or lefs value ; which they faid would ferve him in place of a heart in the other world. They buried this earthen pot in a deep ditch, and fourfcore days after made oblations of bread and wine over it. Such were the funeral rites of the common people ; but at the death of kings, and that of lords, or perfons of high rank, fome peculiar forms were obferved that are worthy to be mentioned.

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