Of Wonders And Wise Men

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Overview

In the tumultuous decades following Mexico's independence from Spain, religion provided a unifying force among the Mexican people, who otherwise varied greatly in ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, religion and the popular cultures surrounding it form the lens through which Terry Rugeley focuses this cultural history of southeast Mexico from independence (1821) to the rise of the dictator Porfirio Díaz in 1876.

Drawing on a wealth of previously unused archival material, Rugeley vividly reconstructs the folklore, beliefs, attitudes, and cultural practices of the Maya and Hispanic peoples of the Yucatán. In engagingly written chapters, he explores folklore and folk wisdom, urban piety, iconography, and anticlericalism. Interspersed among the chapters are detailed portraits of individual people, places, and institutions, that, with the archival evidence, offer a full and fascinating history of the outlooks, entertainments, and daily lives of the inhabitants of southeast Mexico in the nineteenth century. Rugeley also links this rich local history with larger events to show how macro changes in Mexico affected ordinary people.

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William H. Beezley
This is a major new work on nineteenth-century Mexico that contributes to our understanding of popular religion, the nature of political conservatism, and the nature of local politics.... It represents the most innovative and creative scholarship now being undertaken in Mexican history...and will be widely used in classes and discussed by scholars.
William H. Beezley, Professor of History, University of Arizona
William H. Beezley
This is a major new work on nineteenth-century Mexico that contributes to our understanding of popular religion, the nature of political conservatism, and the nature of local politics.... It represents the most innovative and creative scholarship now being undertaken in Mexican history...and will be widely used in classes and discussed by scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292771079
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Orthography
Introduction: Strange Lights, Mysterious Crosses, and the Word of God Denied
Chapter 1: Geography, Misery, Agency, Remedy: The Unwritten Almanac of Folk Knowledge
Chapter 2: Rural Curas and the Erosion of Mexican Conservatism: The Life of Raymundo Pérez
Chapter 3: The Bourgeois Spiritual Path: A History of Urban Piety
Chapter 4: Spiritual Power, Worldly Possession: A History of Imágenes
Chapter 5: Official Cult and Peasant Protocol: Rural Cofradías and the History of San Antonio Xocneceh
Chapter 6: A Culture of Conflict: Anticlericalism, Parish Problems, and Alternative Beliefs
Chapter 7: "Burning the Torch of Revolution": Religion, Nationalism, and the Loss of the Petén
Conclusion: The Motives for Miracle
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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