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The Invisible WarIndigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico$
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David Tavarez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773287

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773287.001.0001

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After 1660

After 1660

Punitive Experiments Against Idolatry

(p.159) Chapter 6 After 1660
The Invisible War
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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.

Keywords:   idolatry eradication, Central Mexico, Provisorato de Indios y Chino, punitive tactics, Oaxaca, alcaldes mayores, devotional practices

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