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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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VIVEROS, Alejandro. Codephagocytosis in the visual texts of the description of the city and province of Tlaxcaia (1584). Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.2, pp.9-25. ISSN 0718-6894.

Diego Muñoz Camargos Description of the City and Province of Tlaxcala (1584) is a prime example of the interrelations between European and Indigenous cultural horizons during the first step of colonization of New Spain. The Description has 156 images or visual texts conveying an alternative, correlative discourse that vectorizes the meaning of the alphabetic text it accompanies. Through the concept of code-phagocytosis this article will unpack the transfer, composition and the appropriation of knowledge and imaginaries on a semiotic-ontological level. More specifi cally, the concept of code-phagocytosis will be used in the aim of understanding and interpreting a series of some of the visual texts from the Description.

Keywords : Indian chronicles; code-phagocytosis; visual texts; Diego Muñoz Camargo; Tlaxcala.

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