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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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Daily Life in the Convent

Daily Life in the Convent

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(p.145) Chapter Five Daily Life in the Convent
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Brides of Christ
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.003.0006

This chapter examines the daily life of nuns in colonial Mexico, focusing on the permeability of the cloisters and its interdependence with the community outside its walls. It suggests that prohibitions to engage with the world were ineffective in keeping a strict separation of the presumably closed gardens of virgins and the seculars beyond their walls and explains that convents had porteria and locutorios for receiving guests and visitors from the outside. This chapter also argues that the codification of class and ethnic separation which prevailed in the cloisters allowed these humble women of the convent to gain respectability as embodiments of a sanctity they were not expected to possess.

Keywords:   nuns, daily life, colonial Mexico, cloisters, porteria, locutorios, ethnic separation, codification of class

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