Original Title: Fos. (folios) de Yndios. Libro de Entierro
MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Book
DIMENSIONS: 29 cm.
COMPONENTS: Vellum covers; 22 folios; title on front cover;back cover has original lace with a drawing.
CONDITION: some loss in the right border of the front cover and slightly damaged in the upper section of the spine. Interior well preserved. Very good condition.
ITEM ID: 2910
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Mexican Records of Deceased Indigenous Peoples

DATE
Decade: 1670s
Century: 17th (1601-1700)
Notes: May 27 1669 - March 3 1681

Mexican Colonial Deceased Indians Records, from the Convent of San Sebastian, order of the Jesuits. In the front cover the title “Bautismos” is crossed-out, instead replaced by “Entierros.”Consists on records of the deceased Indians from Comatlan, San Sebastian, noting the date and in some cases if the person left a widow or widower or if she/he were single. Some notes of where the person was buried are included. At the end of most record is written “Murio con todos los santos sacramentos”(died with all the holy sacraments). The cause of death is usually omitted; a few records include that information, like the following:“Fines de julio enterramos a Domingo Salvador y su mujer Agustina Marina con dos hijos, que los cogió la casa debajo”Referring to a whole family who died because their house fell down.In the last folio is written:“en este estado halle este libro que como el padre ministro fray Bernardo de Baraona estaba tan malo el pobre omitio el asentar las partidas hasta fin de diciembre con que Cierra mi obligación desde primero de este año de 1680”At the end, Juan Fray Ponce “prior prinicipal de los Hermitaños de nuestra observancia de nuestro señor San Agustin”, revises , approves and signs the record from the Convent of San Sebastian.

According to scholar Tatiana Seijas, “A collection of documents from different decades, some writing in Nahuatl. I’d have to see it in person to clarify provenance.”