The Invisible War : Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico / David Tavarez.
- Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 
1 online resource (400 pages)
- Christianity and other religions -- Mexico.
Idolatry -- History -- Mexico.
Idolatry -- Mexico -- History.
Indians of Mexico -- Religion.
Indians of Mexico -- Rites and ceremonies.
Inquisition -- Mexico.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- After the conquest of Mexico, colonial authorities attempted to enforce Christian beliefs among indigenous peoples-a project they envisioned as spiritual warfare. The Invisible War assesses this immense but dislocated project by examining all known efforts in Central Mexico to obliterate native devotions of Mesoamerican origin between the 1530s and the late eighteenth century. The author's innovative interpretation of these efforts is punctuated by three events: the creation of an Inquisition tribunal in Mexico in 1571; the native rebellion of Tehuantepec in 1660; and the emergence of eerily modern strategies for isolating idolaters, teaching Spanish to natives, and obtaining medical proof of sorcery from the 1720s onwards. Rather than depicting native devotions solely from the viewpoint of their colonial codifiers, this book rescues indigenous perspectives on their own beliefs. This is achieved by an analysis of previously unknown or rare ritual texts that circulated in secrecy in Nahua and Zapotec communities through an astute appropriation of European literacy. Tavárez contends that native responses gave rise to a colonial archipelago of faith in which local cosmologies merged insights from Mesoamerican and European beliefs. In the end, idolatry eradication inspired distinct reactions: while Nahua responses focused on epistemological dissent against Christianity, Zapotec strategies privileged confrontations in defense of native cosmologies.
Chapter 1. Rethinking Indigenous Devotions in Central Mexico
Chapter 2. Before 1571
Chapter 3. Local Cosmologies and Secular Extirpators in Nahua Communities, 1571-1662
Chapter 4. Secular and Civil Campaigns Against Native Devotions in Oaxaca, 1571-1660
Chapter 5. Literate Idolatries
Chapter 6. After 1660
Chapter 7. In the Care of God the Father
Chapter 8. From Idolatry to Maleficio
Chapter 9. A Colonial Archipelago of Faith
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780804777391 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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