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Fernando Avendano

Priest and investigator of primitive rites and customs of the Peruvian Indians (d. 1665)

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Avendano, FERNANDO, priest, b. at Lima, Peru, either towards the end of the sixteenth, or in the beginning of the seventeenth, century; d. at Lima, in 1665, shortly after being appointed Bishop of Santiago de Chile. He was one of the most diligent investigators into survivals of the primitive rites and customs of the Peruvian Indians and left valuable notes on the subject, fragments of them being preserved in the work of Arriaga. Of great importance to linguistics are his “Sermones de los misterios de nuestra santa Fe católica”, published in 1649 by order of the Archbishop of Lima, Pedro Villagomez. These sermons were delivered in Quichua, and are published with their translation into Spanish.


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