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Sahagún's Psalmodia Christiana and Catholic Formation among the Mexica in Sixteenth-Century New Spain

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In 1583, Pedro Ocharte published the first book of vernacular sacred song in the Americas -- the Psalmodia Christiana by Bernardino de Sahagún, a Spanish missionary of the Franciscan Order. Sahagún composed his book of 333 songs in the Nahuatl language during the second half of the sixteenth century to promote the formation of Catholic communities among the Mexica (more commonly known as the "Aztecs"). This paper shows how a close reading of its song texts reveals an important facet of the understudied legacy of western plainchant traditions in the Christian evangelization of the New World. It focuses in particular on a body of eighteen previously uninventoried Latin hymns that were translated into Nahuatl and woven into the fabric of this vernacular songbook. More broadly, it shows how Mexica sacred music traditions, far from being banished, were folded into the European thrust of the Christian mission in sixteenth-century New Spain.

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Bernardino de Sahagún, Psalmodia Christiana, New Spain, Catholic Church, Mexica (Aztecs), music
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Candelaria, Lorenzo. "Sahagún's Psalmodia Christiana and Catholic Formation among the Mexica in Sixteenth-Century New Spain" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC,, Mar 21, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p524223_index.html>

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Candelaria, L. F. , 2012-03-21 "Sahagún's Psalmodia Christiana and Catholic Formation among the Mexica in Sixteenth-Century New Spain" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC, <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p524223_index.html

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Abstract: In 1583, Pedro Ocharte published the first book of vernacular sacred song in the Americas -- the Psalmodia Christiana by Bernardino de Sahagún, a Spanish missionary of the Franciscan Order. Sahagún composed his book of 333 songs in the Nahuatl language during the second half of the sixteenth century to promote the formation of Catholic communities among the Mexica (more commonly known as the "Aztecs"). This paper shows how a close reading of its song texts reveals an important facet of the understudied legacy of western plainchant traditions in the Christian evangelization of the New World. It focuses in particular on a body of eighteen previously uninventoried Latin hymns that were translated into Nahuatl and woven into the fabric of this vernacular songbook. More broadly, it shows how Mexica sacred music traditions, far from being banished, were folded into the European thrust of the Christian mission in sixteenth-century New Spain.


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