Documentation relating to the beatification of Juan de Palafox y Mendoza. Includes 18th century copy of 1649 report; together with copies of letters of Bernardino Peregrino (20 Mar. 1699), Fernando Ruiz de Conteras, and Tirso González (26 July 1698).
In his prologue, the author says his intent in writing the book was "to conduct an investigation among these new Christians to determine what had been the nature of their beliefs, customs and government...." The text contains numerous watercolors depicting village life, religious ceremonies, and warfare among the Indians, and portrays several scenes of Indians practicing cannibalism. Although some ritual cannibalism did exist in ...
Mendoza, Antonio De - Jay I. Kislak Collection (library of Congress)