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Durán, Diego
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(c. 1537, Seville – 1588, Mexico), a Dominican (1556) from a family of converted Jews (?); in New Spain c. 1542; worked in Texcoco and for shorter periods in Oaxaca, Chimalhuacan Atenco, Hueyapan and Mexico. Durán published a Historia (1581) of the Aztecs and their religion (Libro de los Ritos, 1570; Calendario Antiguo, 1579), an authentically Mexican history with a Spanish physiognomy (first published in 1867–1889); alongside the works of Fernando Alvarado Tezozómoc and the Códice Ramírez, it is one of the most successful accounts from an Aztec perspecti…

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Nebel, Richard, “Durán, Diego”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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