Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present

Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present

by Jennifer Scheper Hughes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195367073

ISBN-13: 9780195367072

Pub. Date: 01/27/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In 1543, in a small village in Mexico, a group of missionary friars received from a mysterious Indian messenger an unusual carved image of Christ crucified. The friars declared it the most poignantly beautiful depiction of Christ's suffering they had ever seen. Known as the Cristo Aparecido (Christ Appeared). it quickly became one of the most celebrated religious

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In 1543, in a small village in Mexico, a group of missionary friars received from a mysterious Indian messenger an unusual carved image of Christ crucified. The friars declared it the most poignantly beautiful depiction of Christ's suffering they had ever seen. Known as the Cristo Aparecido (Christ Appeared). it quickly became one of the most celebrated religious images in colonial Mexico. Today, the Cristo Aparecido is among the oldest New World crucifixes and is the beloved patron saint of the people of Totolapan.

In Biography of a Mexican Crucifix. Jennifer Scheper Hughes traces popular devotion to the Cristo Aparecido over the centuries of Mexican history. Each chapter investigates a single incident in the encounter between believers and the image. Through these historical vignettes. Hughes explores and reinterprets the conquest of and mission to the Indians: the birth of an indigenous, syncretic Christianity: the violent processes of independence and nationalization: and the utopian vision of liberation theology. Hughes reads all of these through the popular devotion to a crucifix that over the centuries becomes a key protagonist in shaping local history and social identity. This book will be welcomed by scholars and students and students of religion. Latin American history, anthropology, and theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195367072
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/27/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Note on Translations xv

1 Introduction: The Iconography of Suffering 3

2 "Christ Appeared": Material Religion and the Conquest of Mexico 21

3 Performance and Penance: The Cristo and Christian Evangelization in New Spain 47

4 The Cristo Comes to Life: Lived Religion in Colonial Mexico City 83

5 Repatriation: Christ Comes Again to Totolapan 107

6 The Red Bishop, the Cristo, and the Aesthetics of Liberation 131

7 The Gentle Devotions of a Rebellious People: The Phenomenology of a Santo 171

8 Beauty, Affection, and Devotion: Fiesta at the Dawn of a New Millennium 215

9 Conclusion: The Gospel According to Totolapan 241

Notes 245

Bibliography 281

Index 300

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