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Old 09 September 2017, 11:38 AM
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Wow, that's really interesting, and sounds very plausible. The guy certainly seems to know what he's talking about. So my guess was wrong...

The real surprise is that, if this is the actual explanation, that it took so long to work out. I guess they just had to show it to somebody with the right combination of obscure background knowledge.

I wonder if the plants and minerals illustrated in it are still from Mexico, though? This idea doesn't directly contradict that observation (except for the Nahuatl part). That sounds unlikely if the illustrations are copied from other existing manuscripts. Perhaps they just got exaggerated or distorted enough that they don't look exactly like the plants they're supposed to represent.
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