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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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Alphabetical Writing in Mesoamerican Historiography

Alphabetical Writing in Mesoamerican Historiography

(p.600) Chapter 29 Alphabetical Writing in Mesoamerican Historiography
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

José Rabasa

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Nahua alphabetical writings. The Nahua historians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries apparently adopted the anno domini chronology and inscribed within a history of salvation the narratives they collected on ancient Mesoamerica and the colonial world from community elders. It is argued that these historians systematically inscribe both systems of dating, thus allowing for possible reflections on Mesoamerican chronology independent of the translations to dates anno domini.

Keywords:   Nahua alphabetical writings, historical writings, historiography, Mesoamerica, anno domini chronology

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