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Ñuu Dzaui books contain ancient historiography in an aesthetic, 'literary' form, in accordance with native reality, language and mentality. Reading these works today demands the interaction of a thorough scholarly hermeneutic methodology and a profound personal acquaintance with that specific reality, language and mentality. This chapter presents a brief and obviously very personal review of the main developments in the interpretation of the Ñuu Dzaui codices. It stresses the growing awareness about the social and cultural context of this academic endeavor.

Keywords: Ñuuuu Dzaui codices; hermeneutic methodology



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