Posted by: ayac | August 8, 2015

Nahuatl songs

The most important collection of Nahuatl songs is the Cantares mexicanos. John Bierhorst has made his transcription and translation of the Cantares available as a PDF here, and the accompanying dictionary and concordance is here.

Next is the Romances de los señores de la Nueva España. Again John Bierhorst has put his transcription and translation online here, and it also includes images of the manuscript.

The Florentine Codex also includes songs in the appendix to book 2, starting from folio 137. The same songs, with additional explanations in Nahuatl, are also found in the Primeros memoriales, which is online here.

Bernardino de Sahagún published a book of Christian songs in native style, called Psalmodia Christiana, which is online here.

I think that’s all the major sources of native-style Nahuatl songs. A handful of other songs or fragments of songs are found within other texts, like annals. One short example is found on f. 146v of the Codex Chimalpahin.

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