México, D.F: Siglo XXI Editores; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, UNAM; Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, INAH ; Berlin, Germany : Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, 2020. b/w and color plates, facs., diag.s., tbls. appens., bibliographical references, color pict. d.j. Item #116120
First published in 1912 by German ethnologist Konrad Theodor Preuss, this monumental work is now published for the first time in Spanish, after more than 100 years. The work includes the largest compilation of texts of the Coras so far published, in which ceremonial songs, rituals, prayers and mythological narratives are collected. This compendium was originally published in Germany in a bilingual German-Cora version and was the only volume published classic work on Cora Indians in Nayarit. Konrad Theodor Preuss From a very young age he was interested in philology, for which he studied Latin and Greek. Later, geography and history caught his interest leading him to anthropology. In 1895 he joined the Ethnological Museum in Berlin as a volunteer and later as scientific assistant to the Oceania and Africa section. In 1900 he was appointed assistant to the director and curator in 1908. Preuss was close to philology, so Seler's work led him to approach the study of the Nahuatl language and the deciphering of pre-Hispanic codices. In 1920, he replaced Seler as director of the American section and was left in charge of the Central and North American collections. During his work at the Ethnological Museum, he made two expeditions to the American continent. The first to Mexico between 1905 and 1907, and the second to Colombia between 1913 and 1919. In both he developed a particular methodological approach clearly influenced by his training in classical philology. This approach consisted in the study of the mythical and religious thought of the Amerindian peoples from the texts of it. After his trip to Mexico, Preuss launched into rigorous work to edit the materials he obtained among the Coras, the Huicholes, and the Mexicaneros in three volumes. Of this monumental work, only the first volume, dedicated to the Coras, managed to see the light in the form of the book La expedición al Nayarit (1912).CONTENTS: 1. INTRODUCCIONES: Ensayos introductorios de la edición en español -- Ensayos introductorios de la edición original -- 2. TEXTOS CORAS: Transcripciones y traducciones -- 3. APÉNDICES. Apéndices de la edición original -- Apéndices de la edición crítica en español -- Nuevas transcripciones de los cilindros de cera.