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

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Grant D. Jones
This is a significant intellectual contribution that has the additional merit of being thoroughly readable and appealing to a broad [audience].... The case studies are riveting, detailed with intensely personal, often sexually and socially charged examples, and clearly integrated with Few's overarching theoretical and conceptual framework. This is wonderful historical ethnographic material.
Grant D. Jones
This is a significant intellectual contribution that has the additional merit of being thoroughly readable and appealing to a broad [audience].... The case studies are riveting, detailed with intensely personal, often sexually and socially charged examples, and clearly integrated with Few's overarching theoretical and conceptual framework. This is wonderful historical ethnographic material.
Grant D. Jones, author of The Conquest of the Last Maya Kingdom
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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

MARTHA FEW is Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American History at the University of Miami.
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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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