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The Invisible War: Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico

David Tavarez


After the conquest of Mexico, colonial authorities attempted to enforce Christian beliefs among indigenous peoples—a project they envisioned as spiritual warfare. This book assesses this immense but dislocated project by examining all known efforts to obliterate native devotions of Mesoamerican origin between the 1530s and the late eighteenth century in Central Mexico. The book's innovative interpretation of these efforts is punctuated by three events: the creation of an Inquisition tribunal in Mexico in 1571; the native rebellion of Tehuantepec in 1660; and the emergence of eerily modern stra ... More

Keywords: indigenous devotions, Mexico, Christian beliefs, Mesoamerican beliefs, Inquisition, Tehuantepec, Nahua, Zapotec, idolatry, native cosmologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804773287
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Tavarez, author