3609 - The Via Crucis of Fr. Agustin de Vetancurt

The devotion of the Way of the Cross was closely associated with the Franciscan Order. Fr. Agustin de Vetancurt recognized the utility of this devotion to the continuing ministry and evangelization of the Nahua speaking people of central Mexico. To that end he composed a "Via Crucis" in Nahuatl to assist the natives int heir devotions. It was quite popular and was reprinted several times. Unfortunately no printed copies of the work remain extant. One manuscript copy is held by the Academy of American Franciscan History. It is also profusely illustrated, probably by a native tlacuilo. This essay will analyze the "Via Crucis" and its illustrations.

Palabras claves: Nahuatl, codex, devotions

Autores: Schwaller, John (SUNY Potsdam, Ud States of Am / USA)


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