La Fiesta De Los Tastoanes / Edition 1

La Fiesta De Los Tastoanes / Edition 1

by Olga N Jera-Ram Rez, Olga N. Jera-Ram Rez
     
 

ISBN-10: 082631998X

ISBN-13: 9780826319982

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

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…  See more details below

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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:
08/01/1998
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: First Encounters3
Ch. 1The Festival Performance: A Description14
Ch. 2Personal Encounters29
Ch. 3Contested Histories45
Ch. 4Jocotan Today62
Ch. 5A Religious Conversion Story91
Ch. 6The Prenda System: Reciprocity and Resistance105
Ch. 7Compromising Positions: The Politics of Hybridization117
Ch. 8Competing Forms of Cultural Reproduction134
Ch. 9Summary and Conclusions148
Notes155
Selected Bibliography163
Index183

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