Copper engraving. Bookplate. Plate 342 x 218mm. Sheet 391 x 250mm. Spot in the bottom section of the image.
Two scenes. 1. A Mexican marriage. Taken place at the bottom of the steps of a temple, overseen and graced by the Gods. 2. A ceremony and ritual that Mexicans carry-out regarding their Children. Machisitic male figures prepare young boys for circumcision, as women reluctantly hand their children over, and one in the foreground praying and begging for her son not to be taken. The God of fertility oversees the whole ceremony. Published in Jean Frederic Bernard's monumental "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde" (Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World). 'The world's first encyclopedia of religions, the heavily illustrated, detailed general survey treating all religions dispassionately and as notionally equal, was composed and published in Amsterdam under the title 'Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde' in seven large volumes between 1723 and 1737 by a group of radical, intellectually subversive Huguenot refugees' (Jonathan Israel, 'How the light came in', TLS June 21 2013).
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