Motecuhzoma y Malinche

Motecuhzoma y Malinche by Manuel Vilar (Museo Nacional de Artes, Mexico City)

I dislike that Motecuhzoma’s name was change to “Montezuma.”  I also dislike that Malintzin’s name (or Malinalli, which was her actual name; the -tzin is a suffix that means “lady”) was changed to Doña Marina.  It seems like such an imperious thing to do.  “I don’t like your name.  It’s difficult to pronounce, so I’m going to call you this bastardized version instead.”

  1. I agree about the name changing whole heartedly… however, these sculptures are super beautiful. Really, I love it.

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