La Fiesta De Los Tastoanes / Edition 1

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Each year, for three days in September, the citizens of Jocotán, an ancient indigenous community near Guadalajara, Mexico, symbolically reenact the Spanish conquest of Mexico in mock battles between Santiago, the patron saint of Spain, and the Tastoanes, the leaders of the indigenous resistance. Paradoxically, the Jocoteños honor Santiago, their special protector, and incorporate both Christian and indigenous practices and beliefs in their fiesta. Employing the concept of hegemony, the author explores what the festival means culturally to the community and shows how it enables Jocoteños to adapt to Christianity and to resist the social order it symbolizes. Through the festival, Jocoteños address their collective identity, the preservation of their folk culture, and their relationship to the social-political power structure of Jocotán. Students of Mexican culture and of syncretic religions worldwide will find this study stimulating and informative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826319982
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: First Encounters 3
Ch. 1 The Festival Performance: A Description 14
Ch. 2 Personal Encounters 29
Ch. 3 Contested Histories 45
Ch. 4 Jocotan Today 62
Ch. 5 A Religious Conversion Story 91
Ch. 6 The Prenda System: Reciprocity and Resistance 105
Ch. 7 Compromising Positions: The Politics of Hybridization 117
Ch. 8 Competing Forms of Cultural Reproduction 134
Ch. 9 Summary and Conclusions 148
Notes 155
Selected Bibliography 163
Index 183
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