By Caterina Pizzigoni
''This could be the unmarried most important quantity of transcribed and translated testaments from colonial Latin the USA released so far. the volume and caliber of the cloth and its research make the publication a treasure trove of knowledge on late-colonial Nahua tradition and society. Pizzigoni's presentation of the wills is meticulous, and her advent and notes are broad, considerate, and profoundly steeped in her wisdom of the sphere. Mesoamerican experts could be thrilled by-and thankful for-this contribution to the learn of indigenous existence through the colonial interval, not just for the book's scholarly software, yet for its power as a pedagogical instrument on the advanced-undergraduate and graduate levels.'' —Matthew Restall, Pennsylvania kingdom college, writer of The Maya global and editor of
Testaments written of their personal language, Nahuatl, were an important for reconstructing the typical lifetime of the indigenous humans of important Mexico after Spanish touch. these released to this point have principally been from the 16th and early 17th centuries. Testaments of Toluca provides a wide physique of Nahuatl wills (98) from 1652 to 1783 from a major valley now not a lot studied, therefore significantly enlarging our point of view at the evolution of indigenous society and tradition in vital Mexico. each one testomony is transcribed, translated, and followed through a remark at the testator’s state of affairs and on attention-grabbing terminology. a considerable introductory research absolutely analyzes the testamentary style as noticeable during this corpus (a first) and summarizes the content material of the records in geographical regions similar to gender, kinship, family, and land. Wills are very human records, and the equipment attracts out this point, telling us a lot of neighborhood indigenous existence in imperative Mexico in! the 3rd century after Spanish touch, in order that the ebook is of capability curiosity to a extensive spectrum of readers.
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As I said above, saints are normally bequeathed with the house, so in many cases the eldest son is the one who gets them. However, some testators distribute saints among various heirs. The more images testators have, the wealthier they are; indeed, saints are a good indicator of wealth. The best examples are those of don Juan de la Cruz, who leaves at least one saint to each of his eight children, and Elena de la Cruz (Nos. 39 and 10). At times saints are left to heirs who bear their name, such as a Juana getting San Juan, or an Ignacio San IgnacioS4 Some saints stand out from the others, probably the largest, most expensive, best decorated of the lot, as well as the most loved, and they are found only in families with certain resources.
Daughters and granddaughters receive a house in far fewer cases, at times only in order to raise a younger male sibling (as in No. 24). Through the vagaries of mortality, marriage, and their own efforts, however, females not infrequently become the possessors of houses and even main family residences. Only Elena de la Cruz and don Juan de la Cruz (Nos. 10 and 39) are wealthy enough to provide basically all their many children with a house. It seems that children are the preferred heirs when 4 ~ many n cases in which only the orientation toward the east or the west is specified, and not the use, the buildings could easily be kitchens.
Another is in No. 85, which though dated past 1700 is a conservative, old-fashioned document among a set of three such from San Antonio de Padua5 If we look to Toluca Valley documents beyond Toluca proper and Calimaya/Tepemaxalco, as I did in my doctoral dissertation, it appears that the transition from -numic to -cihualzuatzin was gradually occurring across the second half of the seventeenth century and was essentially complete by 1700. In the present corpus, No. 46, of 1681, uses -cihualzuatzin.