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Souls of Purgatory The Spiritual Diary of a Seventeenth-Century Afro-Peruvian Mystic, Ursula de Jes�s

ISBN-10: 0826328288
ISBN-13: 9780826328281
Edition: 2004
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Description: The life of the black religious servant Ursula de Jess (1604-1666) has remained one of the best-kept historical secrets of the New World. This English language translation of the diary she began in 1650 allows us to hear the voice of the former  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 9/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 231
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

The life of the black religious servant Ursula de Jess (1604-1666) has remained one of the best-kept historical secrets of the New World. This English language translation of the diary she began in 1650 allows us to hear the voice of the former slave turned spiritualist. Born into slavery in Lima, Peru, Ursula entered a convent at the age of thirteen to serve a nun, and spent the next twenty-eight years as one of hundreds of slaves whose exhausting daily work afforded little time to contemplate religious matters. After surviving a potentially fatal accident, she chose a spiritual path, though remained a slave until one of the nuns purchased her freedom. Ursula began to see visions and communicate more frequently with God. Dead souls eager to diminish their stay in Purgatory approached her, and it was then that she assumed the role of intercessor on their behalf. Ursula's diary conveys the innuendos of convent life, but above all it offers a direct experience of baroque Catholic spirituality from the perspective of a woman of colour. Nancy E van Deusen selected approximately fifty pages from Ursula's diary to appear here as Ursula wrote them, in Spanish. Van Deusen's introduction situates Ursula's text within the milieu of medieval and early modern female spirituality, addresses the complexities of racial inequality, and explores the power of the written word.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
The World of Ursula de Jesus
Ursula's Life Story: Portraits and Portrayals
A Walk Through Lima
Ursula's Early Childhood
A Niche of Female Mysticism
Life in the Convent of Santa Clara
"In the Grave I May Speak Through Stones": Purgatory and Popular Perceptions of the Beyond
"Apostles of the Dead": Medieval Female Intercession
Early Modern European and Latin American Visionaries
Ambassadresses to the Beyond in Seventeenth-Century Lima
The Singularities of Ursula de Jesus
The Text
Notes
Translation of Ursula's Diary
Notes
Selections from Ursula's Diary
Notes
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Important Individuals
Works Consulted
Index

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