Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala, 1650-1750

Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala, 1650-1750

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by Martha Few
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292725493

ISBN-13: 9780292725492

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Women Who Live Evil Lives documents the lives and practices of mixed-race, Black, Spanish, and Maya women sorcerers, spell-casters, magical healers, and midwives in the social relations of power in Santiago de Guatemala, the capital of colonial Central America. Men and women from all sectors of society consulted them to intervene in sexual and familial

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Women Who Live Evil Lives documents the lives and practices of mixed-race, Black, Spanish, and Maya women sorcerers, spell-casters, magical healers, and midwives in the social relations of power in Santiago de Guatemala, the capital of colonial Central America. Men and women from all sectors of society consulted them to intervene in sexual and familial relations and disputes between neighbors and rival shop owners; to counter abusive colonial officials, employers, or husbands; and in cases of inexplicable illness.

Applying historical, anthropological, and gender studies analysis, Martha Few argues that women's local practices of magic, curing, and religion revealed opportunities for women's cultural authority and power in colonial Guatemala. Few draws on archival research conducted in Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain to shed new light on women's critical public roles in Santiago, the cultural and social connections between the capital city and the countryside, and the gender dynamics of power in the ethnic and cultural contestation of Spanish colonial rule in daily life.

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ISBN-13:
9780292725492
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Contested Powers: Gender, Culture, and the Process of Colonial Rule
Chapter 2. Society and Colonial Authority in Santiago de Guatemala
Chapter 3. Magical Violence and the Body
Chapter 4. Illness, Healing, and the Supernatural World
Chapter 5. Female Sorcery, Material Life, and Urban Community Formation
Chapter 6. Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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