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Fray Bernardino de Ribera (Sahagún)
Fray Bernardino de Ribera (Sahagún). Spanish missionary of the Franciscan order, born in Sahagún around the year 1499. Eight years after the fall of Tenochtitlan, Fray Bernardino arrived in New Spain, where he founded and worked in several convents and colleges in different towns. Tlatelolco, Tepeapulco and Mexico City, he gathers invaluable information from Nahua elders who came to be known as Sahagún's informants. This information would serve as the basis for his magnum opus called the Historia General de las Cosas de la Nueva España (General History of the Things of New Spain). Other collections of documents in Nahuatl may be found partially in the Florentine Codex and the Codex Matritense. Modern editions, all of them fragmentary, make evident the enormous labor of the friar to make known the customs and history of the ancient Mexicans: Fr. Bernardino de Sahagún. Relación de los textos que no aprovechó en su obra (1953), Ritos, sacerdotes y atavíos de los dioses (1958), Veinte himnos sacros de los nahuas (1958) and Vida económica de Tenochtitlan (1961).
Last Modified: January 14, 1998.
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