Punitive Experiments Against Idolatry
This chapter examines the two transitions in idolatry eradication in Central Mexico from the 1660s to the second decade of the early eighteenth century. These include the change in institutional practices in the archbishopric of Mexico that framed the consolidation of the diocesan tribunal into the Provisorato de Indios y Chino and the escalation in punitive tactics in Oaxaca which led to legal conflict between the Dominicans and alcaldes mayores. This chapter argues that these events do not represent a tidal change in native devotional practices but a decisive shift to more systematic measures against idolatry.
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