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Other Punctuation Exercise - The Huitzilopochtlis:...

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The Huitzilopochtlis: “Nobody who was not very important un- wrapped it.” In order to explain the chain of custody and nature of the Huitzilopochtlis we need to examine closely an illustration in native pictographic writing, glossed in Spanish, which accompan- ied Mateo’s testimony and which he may well have drawn for Bish- op Zumárraga.3 In effect the illustration is an explanation of the custody of the five bundles in the center of the picture. On the left side of the illustration is the custody arrangement of the bundles in 1521-26. On the right side is the transfer of custody in the year 1526. Mateo and later his brother Pedro testified that their father Tlatolatl at the lower left of the illustration some time during or shortly after the conquest came into possession of a bundle he called a “Huitzilopochtli” the black bundle on the left in figure 1. It represented the Mexica tutelary god or “principal patron.” According to Mateo, “the idol was covered up and weighed a lot (left out sentence) Nobody who was not very important unwrapped it (left out sentence) They said that, if they did, they would die.”4 Thus the brothers could not vouch for the exact contents of the Huitzilopochtli but their father worshipped the bundle and also may have opened it periodically. Later Tlatolatl seemed to have taken the Huitzilopochtli bundle to a group of nobles in Azcapotzalco, il-
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