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Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan,1 México.
Written by a Companion of Hernan Cortes, The Anonymous Conqueror.
Edited by Alec Christensen



Chapter   1
Chapter   2
Chapter   3
Chapter   4
Chapter   5
Chapter   6
Chapter   7
Chapter   8
Chapter   9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24


THEY made in the earth an excavation lined by a wall of rough stone and lime, in which they placed the dead seated in a chair. At the side they placed his sword and shield, burying also certain jewels of gold. I helped to take from a sepulcher something like three thousand castellanos.58 They placed there also food and drink for some days, and if it was a woman they left at the side the distaff, the spindle, and other instruments of work, saying that where they go they are to be occupied in something and that the food was to sustain them on the road. Many times they burned the dead and interred the ashes.

All of this province of New Spain and of those other provinces eat human flesh, which they have in greater esteem than any other [80] food, so much so that many times they go to war and place themselves in peril only to kill some one to eat. They are commonly sodomites as I have said, and drink without moderation.

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