Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800 / Edition 1

Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800 / Edition 1

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by Allan Greer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415934966

ISBN-13: 9780415934961

Pub. Date: 12/20/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From the cult of Saint Anne to the devotees of the Virgin of Guadalupe, from Saint Anthony who competed with Christ for popularity in Brazil, to Jesuits who mixed freely with shamans that talked with the gods, this exciting new anthology examines the conversion of the colonized. The essays examine how New World spirits transformed into Old World saints - for example,

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From the cult of Saint Anne to the devotees of the Virgin of Guadalupe, from Saint Anthony who competed with Christ for popularity in Brazil, to Jesuits who mixed freely with shamans that talked with the gods, this exciting new anthology examines the conversion of the colonized. The essays examine how New World spirits transformed into Old World saints - for example, the spirit of love transfigured into the Virgin Mary - as well as the implications of the canonization of the first American saint. Colonial Saints illustrates the complex and intimate connections among confessional life writing, canonization, and the practices of the Inquisition. There was a dynamic exchange involving local agendas, the courts in Spain and France, and, of course, Rome. This bold collection clearly shows the interplay between slavery and spirituality, conversion and control, and the links between the sacred and the political.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415934961
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/20/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Prefaceix
Introductionxiii
Part 1Cultural Mixing1
1.St. Anne Imagery and Maternal Archetypes in Spain and Mexico3
2.Querying the Spirit: The Rules of the Haitian Lwa31
3.Diego de Ocana's Hagiography of New and Renewed Devotion in Colonial Peru51
4.Old Bones and Beautiful Words: The Spiritual Contestation between Shaman and Jesuit in the Guarani Missions77
5.St. Anthony in Portuguese America: Saint of the Restoration99
Part 2Holy Women, Holy Men113
6.Francisco Losa and Gregorio Lopez: Spiritual Friendship and Identity Formation on the New Spain Frontier115
7.In the Shadow of the Cloister: Representations of Female Holiness in New France129
8.Isaac Jogues: From Martyrdom to Sainthood153
9.Martyred by the Saints: Quaker Executions in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts169
10.St. Palafox: Metaphorical Images of Disputed Sainthood193
Part 3The Uses of the Sacred209
11.Writing a Relic: The Uses of Hagiography in New France211
12.Iroquois Virgin: The Story of Catherine Tekakwitha in New France and New Spain235
13."Redeemer of America": Rosa de Lima (1586-1617), the Dynamics of Identity, and Canonization251
14.Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe in the Seventeenth Century: Hagiography and Beyond277
Select Bibliography299
Contributors305

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