Biography of a Mexican Crucifix Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present

ISBN-10: 0195367073

ISBN-13: 9780195367072

Edition: 2010

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In the mid-16th century, a group of Spanish missionary friars in Mexico discovered a carved image of Christ crucified and declared it the most poignantly beautiful depiction of Christ's suffering that they had ever seen. Known as the Cristo Aparecido (the Christ Appeared) it quickly became one of the most celebrated religious images in New Spain, widely revered for its miraculous healings. Today, the Cristo Aparecido is the beloved patron saint of the people of Totolapan, a small, rural community of Mestizo peasants in the northern part of the Mexican state of Morelos. In this innovative study, Jennifer Hughes traces popular devotion to the Cristo Aparecido over five centuries of Mexican history. Each chapter looks at a single incident in the encounter between believers and the image. Through these historical snapshots Hughes introduces and explores the most salient religious issues in Mexican history: conquest and mission to the Indians; the birth of an indigenous, syncretic Christianity; the rise of a baroque spirituality and aesthetic; the declining influence of the Catholic religious orders; the sometimes violent processes of independence, nationalization, and secularization; the utopian vision and practice of liberation theology and its institutional dismantling; and finally, the rise of charismatic Catholicism. Hughes reads all of these through the popular devotion to a crucifix that over the centuries becomes an animate participant and protagonist in shaping local and regional history and social identity.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/18/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Note on Translations
Introduction: The Iconography of Suffering
"Christ Appeared": Material Religion and the Conquest of Mexico
Performance and Penance: The Cristo and Christian Evangelization in New Spain
The Cristo Comes to Life: Lived Religion in Colonial Mexico City
Repatriation: Christ Comes Again to Totolapan
The Red Bishop, the Cristo, and the Aesthetics of Liberation
The Gentle Devotions of a Rebellious People: The Phenomenology of a Santo
Beauty, Affection, and Devotion: Fiesta at the Dawn of a New Millennium
Conclusion: The Gospel According to Totolapan
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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