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Brides of ChristConventual Life in Colonial Mexico$
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Asuncion Lavrin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752831

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.001.0001

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The Path to the Convent

The Path to the Convent

(p.17) Chapter One The Path to the Convent
Brides of Christ
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This chapter examines the process of becoming a nun in colonial Mexico. It discusses the social and economic milieu in which female convents developed and suggests that the requirements of purity of race and legitimacy of birth made the convents act like a social and economic filter that rejected the newly converted indigenous women and benefited a relatively small number of chosen females of Spanish descent. This chapter also addresses issues regarding why a woman would want to become a nun.

Keywords:   nun, colonial Mexico, female convents, purity of race, legitimacy of birth, indigenous women

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