Codices of San Andrés Tetepilco Recovered in Mexican Church

With proven authenticity that links them to the transition period between the 16th and 17th centuries, three pictographic documents called the Codices of San Andrés Tetepilco, among which one stands out that can be considered a continuation of the Pilgrimage Strip or Boturini Codex, have been recovered by the Mexican people.

At a press conference, held at the National Museum of Anthropology, the federal Ministry of Culture, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced the acquisition of these cultural assets, which are incorporated into the Collection of Mexican Codices of the National Library of Anthropology and History (BNAH).

The acquisition was described as a milestone, comparable to the authentication as pre-Hispanic of the Mayan Codex of Mexico (formerly Grolier) six years ago.

In this case, they are codices that preserve the Mesoamerican scriptural tradition and refer to the founding of San Andrés Tetepilco, as well as its entry into a new sociopolitical order, in the first decades of the viceroyalty.

Codex of the Foundation of Tetepilco. (©SC, INAH, BNAH/INAH)

Codex of the Foundation of Tetepilco. (©SC, INAH, BNAH/INAH)

These three documents are added to the 200 Mesoamerican codices – of the approximately 550 that are recognized in the world – in the custody of the BNAH, that since 1997 have been part of the Memory of the World, by the United Nations Educational Organization of Science and Culture.

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