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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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Body, Soul, and Death

Body, Soul, and Death

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(p.177) Chapter Six Body, Soul, and Death
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Brides of Christ
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.003.0007

This chapter examines the issue of health, sickness, and the meaning of death as part of the human experience of nuns in colonial Mexico. It explains that concern for the souls of the departed and their own occupied an important place in the prayers and rituals of nuns and that diseases were considered God's test to try one's character. This chapter discusses the complex intertwining of body, soul, sickness, and death which was expressed in daily life through the administration of health care in the convent and in the rituals involving death and the ultimate meaning of the end of life itself. It also considers fasting and flagellation as voluntary offerings of the physical body.

Keywords:   nuns, health, sickness, meaning of death, colonial Mexico, souls, health care, flagellation, fasting

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