Theologia Indorum : manuscript, [15--].

Manuscript, Book
  • Mayan languages
  • Kaqchikel
  • K'iche'
1 v. (232 leaves) : paper ; 21 x 16 cm.


Former owner
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Contained in
Robert Garrett collection, ca. 1340 B.C.-1900s.
Linking notes
Forms part of the Robert Garrett Collection (C0744).
Summary note
Contains texts written in several unidentified hands, all of the 16th century, one of these (of 30 pages) being in K'iche'. A notation on the inside of the cover says "Tzutuhil," The greater part of the volume is clearly Kaqchikel, but the first section (fols. 71-100), different in writing entirely, with red initial letters running all through the text, uses the specifice Tzutuhil words "ca-tte, ca-tte," which belong to Atitlan, the capital of the old Tzutuhil kingdom. Tzutuhil is much closer to Kaqchikel than is K'iche', in spite of its being almost surrounded by K'iche'-speaking towns. There are only two other known Tzutuhil mss. (both in the Bibliothèque nationale de France). It is to be noted that the texts in this volume do not use the special characters found in all Kaqchikel and K'iche' texts after about the middle or late 16th century, until the languages, and learning, became so run down that their use ceased.
Binding note
Leather (unidentified).
Language note
Text in K'iche', Kaqchikel and Tzutuhil.
Previously owned by William Gates; sold to Robert Garrett (purchased from William Gates in 1930); deposited by Garrett at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 1942; removed from the Institute in 1949, at Garrett's request, and donated to the Princeton University Library.
Source acquisition
Gift; Robert Garrett; 1949.
Cite as
Garrett-Gates Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 227, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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Microfilm available for duplication.
Other title(s)
Teologia Indorum
Robert Garrett Collection, ca. 1340 B.C.-1900s
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