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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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Indian Brides of Christ

Indian Brides of Christ

(p.244) Chapter Eight Indian Brides of Christ
Brides of Christ
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This chapter examines the surprising and unexpected admission of Indian women into nunneries in colonial Mexico following the foundation of Corpus Christi in 1724. It suggests that the admission of Indian nuns to conventual life marked a watershed in the history of women as well as in ecclesiastical and social history and argues that viceregal support for the first Indian nunnery indicates the opening of some minds to change in social perceptions. This chapter also discusses the experiences of Indian nuns and considers the debate about the appropriateness of Indian women for the religious state.

Keywords:   Indian nuns, colonial Mexico, Corpus Christi, conventual life, social history, social perceptions, Indian women, religious state

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