False Mystics: Deviant Orthodoxy in Colonial Mexico / Edition 1

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Overview

"False Mystics provides a history of popular religion, race, and gender in colonial Mexico focusing on questions of spiritual and social rebellion and conformity. Nora E. Jaffary examines more than one hundred trials of "false mystics" whom the Mexican Inquisition prosecuted in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. While the accused experienced many of the same phenomena as bona fide mystics - visions, sacred illness, and bouts of demonic possession - the Mexican tribunal condemned them nevertheless." False Mystics examines why the Catholic church viewed the accused as deviants and argues that this categorization was due in part to unconventional aspects of their spirituality and in part to contemporary social anxieties over class and race mixing, transgressions of appropriate gendered behavior, and fears of Indian and African influences on orthodox Catholicism.
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Editorial Reviews

Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"False Mystics is an important addition to the current dialogue on individual spirituality and institutional practices in colonial Mexico. . . . Jaffray provides a fascinating glimpse of the lives and beliefs of a non-elite sector of colonial society and demonstrates their important role in shaping the spiritual landscape of urban New Spain."—Kathleen Myers, Colonial Latin American Historical Review

— Kathleen Myers

Southwest Book Views

“Nora E. Jaffary, an assistant history professor, takes an esoteric subject that could well have remained a mere historical footnote and, through clear, vivid writing and exhaustive research, crafts it into a fascinating book that offers a new lens on church and state in the Spanish colonial era.”—Richard Harris, Southwest Book Views

— Richard Harris

American Historical Review

"Jaffary most often does an excellent job parsing her sources to show the ways in which the mystics represent their notions of ritual and religion."—Pete Sigal, American Historical Review

— Pete Sigal

Itinerario

“Nora Jaffary challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the nature of ‘popular religion’. . . . Jaffary makes her most important contribution to scholarly discourse when she treats religious deviancy and gender.” —Ronald Jay Morgan, Itinerario

— Ronald Jay Morgan

American Historical Review

"Jaffary most often does an excellent job parsing her sources to show the ways in which the mystics represent their notions of ritual and religion."—Pete Sigal, American Historical Review

Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"False Mystics is an important addition to the current dialogue on individual spirituality and institutional practices in colonial Mexico. . . . Jaffray provides a fascinating glimpse of the lives and beliefs of a non-elite sector of colonial society and demonstrates their important role in shaping the spiritual landscape of urban New Spain."—Kathleen Myers, Colonial Latin American Historical Review

British Bulletin of Publications

“Nora Jaffary’s detailed and readable book stems from her close study of the records of a hundred or so trials of ‘false mystics’ by the Mexican Inquisition during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.”—British Bulletin of Publications

Southwest Book Views

“Nora E. Jaffary, an assistant history professor, takes an esoteric subject that could well have remained a mere historical footnote and, through clear, vivid writing and exhaustive research, crafts it into a fascinating book that offers a new lens on church and state in the Spanish colonial era.”—Richard Harris, Southwest Book Views

Itinerario

“Nora Jaffary challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the nature of ‘popular religion’. . . . Jaffary makes her most important contribution to scholarly discourse when she treats religious deviancy and gender.” —Ronald Jay Morgan, Itinerario

British Bulletin of Publications

“Nora Jaffary’s detailed and readable book stems from her close study of the records of a hundred or so trials of ‘false mystics’ by the Mexican Inquisition during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.”—British Bulletin of Publications

Ecclesiastical History

False Mystics is a valuable and enjoyable addition to our knowledge of colonial Mexico, as well as offering an intriguing contribution to recent debates in the fields of gender, race and religion.”—Caroline Dodds, Ecclesiastical History

Journal of Latin American Studies

“[False Mystics is] fascinating and break[s] new ground in the study of popular Catholocism in New Spain.”—Ellen Gunnarsdottir, Journal of Latin American Studies

Colonial Latin American Historical Review - Kathleen Myers

"False Mystics is an important addition to the current dialogue on individual spirituality and institutional practices in colonial Mexico. . . . Jaffray provides a fascinating glimpse of the lives and beliefs of a non-elite sector of colonial society and demonstrates their important role in shaping the spiritual landscape of urban New Spain."—Kathleen Myers, Colonial Latin American Historical Review
Southwest Book Views - Richard Harris

“Nora E. Jaffary, an assistant history professor, takes an esoteric subject that could well have remained a mere historical footnote and, through clear, vivid writing and exhaustive research, crafts it into a fascinating book that offers a new lens on church and state in the Spanish colonial era.”—Richard Harris, Southwest Book Views
American Historical Review - Pete Sigal

"Jaffary most often does an excellent job parsing her sources to show the ways in which the mystics represent their notions of ritual and religion."—Pete Sigal, American Historical Review
Ecclesiastical History - Caroline Dodds

False Mystics is a valuable and enjoyable addition to our knowledge of colonial Mexico, as well as offering an intriguing contribution to recent debates in the fields of gender, race and religion.”—Caroline Dodds, Ecclesiastical History
Journal of Latin American Studies - Ellen Gunnarsdottir

“[False Mystics is] fascinating and break[s] new ground in the study of popular Catholocism in New Spain.”—Ellen Gunnarsdottir, Journal of Latin American Studies
Itinerario - Ronald Jay Morgan

“Nora Jaffary challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the nature of ‘popular religion’. . . . Jaffary makes her most important contribution to scholarly discourse when she treats religious deviancy and gender.” —Ronald Jay Morgan, Itinerario

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803225992
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Engendering Latin America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Nora E. Jaffary is an assistant professor of history at Concordia University in Montreal.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : Ana Rodriguez de Castro y Aramburu : an Ilusa before the Mexican Inquisition 1
1 The production of orthodoxy and deviancy 19
2 Mystical spirituality in the social context of colonial Mexico 47
3 The evaluation of true and false mysticism 79
4 Orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the visions of Ilusos and Alumbrados 109
5 The classification of female disorders 137
Conclusion : the spirit and the flesh 165
App 1 Database of Iluso and Alumbrado trials 177
App 2 Database of Embustero trials 189
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