This bilingual critical edition of Fray Alonso de Molina’s little-known confraternity regulations is a valuable addition to the growing corpus of colonial Nahuatl texts in available in English. Molina, brought to Mexico as a small child, was the Franciscans’ premier expert in Nahuatl and is a key figure in the early period of colonial Mexican history. He is best known as the author of the bilingual dictionary in Spanish and Nahuatl (1555 and 1571), a text crucial for friars’ evangelization efforts and still used as a key resource for modern scholars and translators. Molina also produced a bilingual confessional manual that went through multiple editions. This critical edition of his confraternity ordinances makes available another significant text. However, although the ordinances were important, editor-translator Barry Sell’s claim that they are the “most important” of Molina’s oeuvre (p. 50) is an exaggeration. However, Sell’s...
Nahua Confraternities in Early Colonial Mexico: The 1552 Ordinances of Fray Alonso de Molina, OFM
Sarah Cline; Nahua Confraternities in Early Colonial Mexico: The 1552 Ordinances of Fray Alonso de Molina, OFM. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2007; 87 (1): 183–185. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2006-108
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