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LAS FLORES EN LOS CÓDICES INDÍGENAS DE MÉXICO 87



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Summary
REPRESENTATIONS OF FLOWERS
IN THE INDIGENOUS CODICES OF MEXICO

The indigenous tribes inhabiting the area of the present Mexico in the pre-His-
panic times managed to develop various systems of graphic register. Although
the usage of phonographic writing was well documented only for two of those
cultures, namely the Mayas and the Zapotecs, most of the groups of the region
had some kind of graphic representation to code chosen messages. The commu-
nication used by the Nahua and the Mixtec tribes could be classified as basically
semasiogarphic, that is able to represent the ideas but not the language.

The main aim of the proposed work is to focus on the representations of flo-
wers in the codices of the ancient Nahuas and Mixtecs, and analyze their direct
and symbolic meaning encoded not only in the form, but also in the context in
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