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Bagpipes in Colonial Mexico Dec 2021 in Chanter 2021 Winter

In this article I put forth observations concerning iconographic and literary sources, and their use as literary symbols. The bagpipe is not an instrument that forms part of Mexican popular culture and up to the date, there are no works of colonial music that explicitly mention its use, although we start to see more concrete evidence of the use of the bagpipe up until the late 19th century. However, in this article I intend to document its presence in iconography and literature — and possibly its use — during the Viceregal Period of New Spain, from 1521 through 1821.

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