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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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Sexuality: A Challenge to Chastity

Sexuality: A Challenge to Chastity

(p.209) Chapter Seven Sexuality: A Challenge to Chastity
Brides of Christ
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This chapter examines the sexuality emerging from the close relationships forged between nuns and their confessors in colonial Mexico. It analyzes several forms of courtship and sexually charged situations of “solicitation” of favors from nuns by their confessors that challenged the mystical marriage to Christ and explains that this behavior elicited condemnation and punishment from ecclesiastic authorities. This chapter also argues while there were a few real transgressions resulting in sexual encounters, there is no basis for popular lore about unbridled sexuality in the nunneries.

Keywords:   sexuality, nuns, confessors, colonial Mexico, courtship, marriage to Christ, sexual encounters, condemnation, punishment, ecclesiastic authorities

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