Journal / Book Title
Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl
The 10 page Náhuatl manuscript included at the end of the so-called Codice Chimalpopoca and commonly referred to since 1903 as Leyenda de los soles, “Legend of the Suns,” or the “Manuscript of 1558,” is a fundamental witness to indigenous Nahua- Mexica memories of their own cosmogony and earliest history as they recalled these things some twenty-five-plus years into the colonial era. As supplement to the later Anales de Cuauhtitlan manuscript (ca. 1570-73) which accompanies it in the Chimalpopoca, the 1558 manuscript provides a privileged view of Nahua-Aztec genesis myths, from a Mexica informant. The narrative frame of this retelling makes it clear that by 1558 these memories had become “fables,” tales, fictions--a mythology--but fables of still haunting power and beauty, unforgettable and irrepressible for all their putative demonic origins. I have chosen to call this witness record by the name it gives itself: Tlamachiliztlahtolçaçanilli, “Wisdom Discourse Fables.”
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Gingerich, Willard, "TLAMACHILIZTLAHTOLÇAÇANILLI: A Performance Translation of the Náhuatl "Wisdom-Discourse Fables" from the Manuscript of 1558" (2022). Department of English Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 119.