Revolutions in Mexican Catholicism Reform and Revelation in Oaxaca, 1887-1934
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Description: InRevolutions in Mexican Catholicism, Edward Wright-Rios investigates how Catholicism was lived and experienced in the Archdiocese of Oaxaca, a region known for its distinct indigenous cultures and vibrant religious life, during the turbulent period of modernization in Mexico that extended from the late nineteenth century through the early twentieth. Wright-Rios centres his analysis on three "visions" of Catholicism: an enterprising archbishop's ambitious religious reform project, an elderly indigenous woman's remarkable career as a seer and faith healer, and an apparition movement that coalesced around a visionary Indian girl. Deftly integrating documentary evidence with oral histories, Wright-Rios provides a rich, textured portrait of Catholicism during the decades leading up to the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and throughout the tumultuous 1920s. Wright-Rios demonstrates that pastors, peasants, and laywomen sought to enliven and shape popular religion in Oaxaca. The clergy tried to adapt the Vatican's blueprint for Catholic revival to Oaxaca through institutional reforms and attempts to alter the nature and feel of lay religious practice in what amounted to a religious modernization program. Yet some devout women had their own plans. They proclaimed their own personal experiences of allegedly miraculous revelation, pressured priests to recognize those experiences, marshalled their supporters, and even created new local institutions to advance their causes and sustain new practices they created. By describing female-led visionary movements and the ideas, traditions, and startling innovations that emerged from Oaxaca's indigenous laity, Wright-Rios adds a rarely documented perspective to Mexican cultural history. He reveals a remarkable dynamic of interaction and negotiation in which priests and parishioners as well as prelates and local seers sometimes clashed and sometimes cooperated but remained engaged with one another in the process of making their faith meaningful in tumultuous times.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Edward Wright-Rios is an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University. He is also the author of Revolutions in Mexican Catholicism: Reform and Revelation in Oaxaca, 1887-1934 .
|List of Illustrations|
|Moving the Faithful|
|Reform The Clergy And Catholic Resurgence|
|An Enterprising Archbishop|
|The Spirit of Association|
|Revelation Indigenous Apparitions And Innovations|
|Catholics in Their Own Way|
|Christ Comes to Tlacoxcalco|
|The Second Juan Diego|
|The Gender Dynamics of Devotion|
|Picturing Mexican Catholicism|