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The Invisible WarIndigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico$
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David Tavarez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773287

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773287.001.0001

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Literate Idolatries

Literate Idolatries

Clandestine Nahua and Zapotec Ritual Texts in the Seventeenth Century

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(p.124) Chapter 5 Literate Idolatries
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The Invisible War
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773287.003.0005

This chapter examines differential social articulation of alphabetic writing by native colonial authors and the appropriation of European literacy practices by indigenous specialists which led to the clandestine circulation of ritual and devotional texts in Nahuatl and Zapotec. It provides four relevant case studies. These include the partially literate users of calendrical texts around specialists like Diego Luis in Oaxaca and the oral and written reproduction of Nahua ritual knowledge in the prayers collected by Ruiz de Alarcón.

Keywords:   indigenous specialists, ritual texts, devotional texts, Nahuatl, Zapotec, calendrical texts, Diego Luis, Oaxaca, Ruiz de Alarcón

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