Enthographer

Enthographer - AN 101 6 February 2007 Primary Document...

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AN 101 6 February 2007 Primary Document Exercise: The Missionary as Ethnographer The intentions of Friar Bernardino de Sahagún’s Florentine Codex was never to present the Indian’s point of view of the events before, during and after the conquest of the Spaniards as stated in the opening paragraph of the twelfth book, “I wanted to write about it in the Mexican language, not so much in order to extract some truth from the very Indians who took part in the conquest. ..” (Bernardino 49) His true purpose was to observe the Indians in order to better understand their idolatries; therefore he would be better equipped to convert them to the Catholic religion. By this account one could say the Mexica people as a whole could be considered as the subaltern. But the voice of the majority, the commoners, was not heard at all throughout the Florentine Codex. In fact they are a better representation of the subaltern within the society since only those of nobility were mentioned in the translations. Within the selections of the Florentine Codex there are only brief accounts of Bernardino mentioning the commoners. The only account worth mentioning within the
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