II, pp. 28-36. Mendieta included all these ideas in his magnum opus, Historia eclesiástica indiana (México, 1997), lib. I, caps. II, IV, V; lib. IV, caps. XXI, XXXIX. The Historia was written at the end of his life, in the last years of the sixteenth century, although it would not be published until 1870. Mendieta was highly influenced by the ideas of Friar Toribio de Benavente Motolinia, whose disciple he considered himself. This influence can be seen in the similarity of the images and concepts used by both to describe the Indians. Cf. Fray Toribio de Motolinia, Historia de los indios de la Nueva España, edited by Georges Baudot (Madrid, 1985), pp. 188-189,233.