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DIAZ, Ana. The Names of the Veintenas in the Colonial Codices; Strategies of Graphic Reconfiguration of the Nahua Calendar. An. Inst. Investig. Estét [online]. 2018, vol.40, n.113, pp.145-195. ISSN 0185-1276.

This text analyzes the graphic repertoires used in colonial manuscripts that explain the function of the pre-Hispanic Mexican annual calendar (xiwitl). The study reveals the use of three figurative cycles, but only one of these repertoires appears in all the sources examined: a system of signs which gives the names of the veintenas. This glyphic assembly seems to have been in use from pre-Columbian times, however it needed to be resignified before being incorporated into colonial sources produced for non-indigenous readers. In this study I follow the transformation of the visual codes that permitted the reconfiguration of the xiwitl through contact with Christian cosmographies.

Palabras llave : Nahua Calendar; veintenas and Nahua year; Nahua writing systems; Nahua colonial codices.

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