Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews

Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews

by David M. Gitlitz
     
 

This important history documents the religious customs of the crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In coping with clandestineness, crypto-Jews rapidly evolved their own idiosyncratic religion. Its Jewish core was quickly replaced with concepts and practices from the surrounding Catholic culture

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This important history documents the religious customs of the crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In coping with clandestineness, crypto-Jews rapidly evolved their own idiosyncratic religion. Its Jewish core was quickly replaced with concepts and practices from the surrounding Catholic culture covered by a veneer of Jewish theology. Included in this award-winning volume are examinations of crypto-Jewish beliefs, superstitions, birth customs, education, marriage and sex, holidays, dietary laws, conversions and death, and burial practices. Secrecy and Deceit provides a comprehensive account of the customs of these secret Jews.

"Secrecy and Deceit provides rare glimpses into a subject that is increasingly fascinating to many different audiences."--Jane S. Gerber, Director, Institute for Sephardic Studies, CUNY Graduate Center

"Historians and students of comparative and popular religion will be drawing on this work for years."--Haym Soloveitchik, Yeshiva University

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Lucy B. Davidowicz History Award

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Gitlitz's magnum opus provides a full and fascinating history of the quixotic religion developed by the Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism in early modern Spain. The religion they secretly developed later traveled to the New World colonies. Gitlitz reconstructs the religion and its history from an exhaustive selection of sources, including trial records under the Inquisition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826328137
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
04/12/2002
Series:
Jewish Latin America Series
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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His scholarship is massive and his book is both easily manageable and thorough.

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