In this Book

summary
On the eastern border of Guatemala and Honduras, pilgrims and travelers flock to the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a large statue carved from wood depicting Christ on the cross. The Catholic shrine, built in the late sixteenth century, has become the focal point of admiration and adoration from New Mexico to Panama. Beyond being a site of popular devotion, however, the Black Christ of Esquipulas was also the scene of important debates about citizenship and identity in the Guatemalan nation throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
 
In The Black Christ of Esquipulas, Douglass Sullivan-González explores the multifaceted appeal of this famous shrine, its mysterious changes in color over the centuries, and its deeper significance in the spiritual and political lives of Guatemalans. Reconstructed from letters buried within the restricted Catholic Church archive in Guatemala City, the debates surrounding the shrine reflect the shifting categories of race and ethnicity throughout the course of the country’s political trajectory. This “biography” of the Black Christ of Esquipulas serves as an alternative history of Guatemala and sheds light on some of the most salient themes in Guatemala’s social and political history: state formation, interethnic dynamics, and church-state tensions. Sullivan-González’s study provides a holistic understanding of the relevance of faith and ritual to the social and political history of this influential region.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction: The Crucified Christ of Esquipulas
  2. pp. 1-16
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. Power and Identity in the Making of Colonial Guatemala
  2. pp. 17-52
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. The Liberal State and the Conservative Church
  2. pp. 53-80
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Carrera, the Church, and the Color of the Christ
  2. pp. 81-100
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. The Liberal Republic and Religious Competition
  2. pp. 101-126
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Religion
  2. pp. 127-152
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. The Black Christ of Esquipulas
  2. pp. 153-160
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-182
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-198
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-208
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Image plates
  2. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780803280946
Related ISBN
9780803268432
MARC Record
OCLC
929857803
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.