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Group of renamed ancient Mexican codices

‘Codex Corner’: Codex Re-naming

In the last couple of decades a movement has taken hold, both in Mexico itself and in Europe, to give ancient Mexican codices more authentic titles, rather than leave them saddled with names - often of their transient European owners - associated with places and individuals far removed from their communities of origin... In our main picture we feature over a dozen of those recently renamed (here shown with their more commonly known titles before re-naming). (Written/compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

Pic 1: Handbook of Middle American Indians; open is vol. 14 (part 3) which includes the survey by John B. Glass of Mesoamerican codices
Pic 1: Handbook of Middle American Indians; open is vol. 14 (part 3) which includes the survey by John B. Glass of Mesoamerican codices (Click on image to enlarge)

The first serious attempt to survey, classify and give descriptions of all Mesoamerican codices known at the time was carried out in 1975 by John B. Glass and Donald Robertson, with their Census of Native Middle American Pictorial Manuscripts, published as part of the encyclopaedic Handbook of Middle American Indians by University of Texas Press (pic 1).
Here we list the principal codices that have been re-named, the bulk of them belonging to the Mixtec culture (to learn more about these, follow the link below).
To keep things simple, we give the commonly used name in purple and the new, re-named title in green...

Codex Borgia - Codex Yohualli Ehécatl
Matrícula de los Tributos - Codex Moctezuma
Codex Colombino - Becker I - Codex Iya Nacuaa
Codex Selden - Codex Añute
Codex Borbonicus - El Libro del Cihuacóatl
Codex Becker II - Codex Iya Nacuaa II
Codex Magliabechiano - Libro de la Vida
Codex Laud - Codex Mictlan
Codex Egerton 2895 - Codex Ñuu Ñaña
Codex Bodley - Codex Ñuu Tnoo-Ndisi Nuu
Codex Fejérváry-Mayer - El Libro de Tezcatlipoca or El Tonalamatl de los Pochtecas (see pic 2)
Codex Cospi - Codex Tlamanalli
Codex Vaticanus 3773/B - Codex Tonalpouhqui
Codex Zouche-Nuttall - Codex Tonindeyé
Codex Porfirio Díaz - Codex Yada
Codex Vindobonensis - Codex Yuta Tnoho.

Pic 2: The Codex Fejérváry-Mayer has been renamed the ‘Tonalamatl de los Pochtecas’ or ‘Merchants’ Almanac’
Pic 2: The Codex Fejérváry-Mayer has been renamed the ‘Tonalamatl de los Pochtecas’ or ‘Merchants’ Almanac’ (Click on image to enlarge)

Info source:-
• ‘Los títulos de los códices by Xavier Noguez, Arqueología Mexicana no. 152, Mexico City, July-August 2019, pp. 14-15.
Image sources:-
• All photos by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore.

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Apr 19th 2019

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