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RANGEL, Ignacio (ran-gel), Spanish missionary, born late in the 15th century; died at sea in 1549. He belonged to the order of St. Francis and came to Mexico in 1526, where he learned the Aztec and Otomi languages, and, being transferred to the province of St. Evangile, was the first to preach to the Otomi Indians of Tula and Jilotepec in their own dialect. He converted them, notwithstanding that the heathen priests tried to sacrifice him in Tepetitlan, and he founded many missions in their midst, so that he gained the name of the Otomi apostle. He built the beautiful church of Tula, was elected provincial in 1546, and in 1549 sent to the general chapter of the order in Rome, but died on the voyage. He wrote "Arte de la lengua Mexicana" and "Arte y catecismo de la lengua Otomi." which are in manuscript in the archiepiscopal library of Mexico.
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