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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415934961
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Greer is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. His areas of expertise include Canadian social history, colonization of the Americas, and cultural encounters between Native Americans and Europeans.

Jodi Bilinkoff is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. She has published widely on the social history of women and religion.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
1 St. Anne Imagery and Maternal Archetypes in Spain and Mexico 3
2 Querying the Spirit: The Rules of the Haitian Lwa 31
3 Diego de Ocana's Hagiography of New and Renewed Devotion in Colonial Peru 51
4 Old Bones and Beautiful Words: The Spiritual Contestation between Shaman and Jesuit in the Guarani Missions 77
5 St. Anthony in Portuguese America: Saint of the Restoration 99
6 Francisco Losa and Gregorio Lopez: Spiritual Friendship and Identity Formation on the New Spain Frontier 115
7 In the Shadow of the Cloister: Representations of Female Holiness in New France 129
8 Isaac Jogues: From Martyrdom to Sainthood 153
9 Martyred by the Saints: Quaker Executions in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts 169
10 St. Palafox: Metaphorical Images of Disputed Sainthood 193
11 Writing a Relic: The Uses of Hagiography in New France 211
12 Iroquois Virgin: The Story of Catherine Tekakwitha in New France and New Spain 235
13 "Redeemer of America": Rosa de Lima (1586-1617), the Dynamics of Identity, and Canonization 251
14 Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe in the Seventeenth Century: Hagiography and Beyond 277
Select Bibliography 299
Contributors 305
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