Mysterious festivals and ancient rituals adopted in the new faith: a rare glimpse into the Christianization of ancient Mexico

Codex Cospi

Mexico

Codex Cospi

Codex Cospi

Mexico

  1. Pre-Columbian tabular calendars connected by a series of pictures and detailed descriptions of rituals

  2. Dates for the rituals are no longer selected according to the old calendar but Christian holy days instead

  3. Artistic echoes from the ceramics of the Nochistlan in the Mixteca Alta, but also the Cholula Tlaxcala

Codex Cospi

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  • Codex Bologna
Codex Cospi – Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
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Short Description

The Codex Cospi is a 17th century manuscript that is part of the so-called Codex-Borgia-Group. Its artistic style has been influenced by that of the Nochistlan and the Cholula Tlaxcala and has been invaluable for preserving certain ancient rites, even bearing a calendar for calculating the holidays of the festive year.

Codex Cospi

The Codex Cospi is a brilliantly illuminated manuscript and belongs to one of the five so-called Codex-Borgia-Group. The manuscript is well preserved, painted on rawhide and protected by two covers from the 17th century, which probably replaced former wood covers. The artistic style of the Codex Cospi bears relation not only to the painted ceramics of the Nochistlan in the Mixteca Alta, but also to the style of the Cholula Tlaxcala. The evaluation of style is challenged by an archaeological problem which through excavations to date has been only partially solved. The front section of the Codex Cospi consists of three parts in which calendar arrangements in tabular form are connected by sequences of pictures. The original empty pages of the back section were at a later date inscribed by hand. Such rituals have been preserved to the present through different acculturative aspects. The selection of days for the rituals is no longer made according to the old calendar but rather according to the different Christian holy days.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codex Bologna
Origin
Mexico
Illustrations
20 leaves painted on both sides

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Cospi“

Codex Cospi
Codex Cospi – Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
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Codex Cospi

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1968
Binding
Encased in box with leather spine.
Commentary
1 volume (32 pages) by K. A. Nowotny
Language: German
More Information
Introduction and summary: K. A. Nowotny, Cologne, 32 pp., 1 plate.
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