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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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A Colonial Archipelago of Faith

A Colonial Archipelago of Faith

(p.269) Chapter 9 A Colonial Archipelago of Faith
The Invisible War
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on indigenous devotion, idolatry, and religious dissent in Central Mexico. It discusses an important contrast between Mexico and Oaxaca in terms of native responses to idolatry suppression and argues that native devotions should be understood as forms of epistemological dissent which occasionally led to violent acts of resistance against colonial Christianity. It also highlights the emergence of several textual genres that preserved knowledge about local cosmological theories, the Postclassic calendar, and various propitiation techniques following the alphabetization of idolaters.

Keywords:   indigenous devotion, idolatry, religious dissent, Central Mexico, Oaxaca, resistance, colonial Christianity, cosmological theories, Postclassic calendar

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