Mary, Mother and Warrior
The Virgin in Spain and the Americas
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: University of Texas Press
Mary, Mother, and Warrior
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"In the course of researching and writing this book, I have incurred many debts. The wide-ranging and synthetic nature of the topic has led me into contacts with many scholars in regions and disciplines far removed from my original area of expertise. Further, given the importance of the visual images..."
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"I have wanted to write this book for years. During the seven years that I spent in Colombia, 1961-1968, I was fascinated with the enormous reverence for the Virgin Mary that pervaded that country. I was particularly intrigued that this reverence crossed gender lines, with men as fervent as women if not more so. In a country troubled terribly by violence, this feminine vision of..."
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"In order to understand the impact of the Virgin Mary in Latin America, it is essential to understand the way in which her cult and image fit into the sacred landscape of Spain, metaphorically and literally. Muslim invasions had pushed well into the north of the peninsula during the late seventh and..."
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"It was Isabel's and Fernando's mission of Christianity and conquest that led to the voyage of Christopher Columbus to America, and Columbus carried this intense devotion for Mary across the ocean. In a real sense, his mission was a continuation, both spiritually and spatially, of the Spanish Reconquest of the peninsula. But the discoverer was by no means the only..."
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"The cult of Our Lady became firmly established in Latin America during the colonial period, that time between the Discovery and Conquest in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and the wars of independence in Latin America in the early 1800s. At the same time, she became associated and conflated with, as well as changed by and changing, indigenous notions of..."
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"Reverence for the Virgin spread rapidly through the proliferation of her images, the almost immediate development of parades and festivals in her honor, the miracles that began to occur in relation to her images and sacred spaces, and even her appearances to indigenous peoples and to the Spanish. The sense of her presence, enhanced with images, rituals, visions..."
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"The Virgin Mary came to the Andes with the conquerors. From the Spanish excuses for the massacre of 1532 at Cajamarca-involving the supposed unwillingness of Atahualpa to accept the story of the Virgin birth-to the Virgin's decisive appearance in battles, she soon made her mark on the victories in that region as well. After he and his men took Atahualpa prisoner at..."
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"During the three hundred years of Spanish rule in Latin America, the advocations of Guadalupe in Mexico and of Candelaria, especially Copacabana, in the region of the Andes that would become Bolivia, gained power and reverence. By the time of the independence movements at the beginning of the nineteenth century, both were strong, both were centers for..."
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"Although the devotion toward the Virgin of Luján had been heavily and perhaps rather cynically oriented toward state building, state power, and the deliberate construction of national identity, that did not mean that devotion to the Virgin and a sense of her nurturing goodness did not exist apart from that project. On the contrary, Argentina was a Catholic nation in which..."
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"As the twentieth century has drawn to a close and the twenty-first has begun, Marian devotion continues as strong as ever. Celebrations of the Virgin's majesty are widespread, especially in Spain, Italy, and Latin America but also in Spanish-speaking areas of the United States and among other populations elsewhere in the world. The connection between the celebrations of..."
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"For centuries, as we have discussed, the Virgin Mary has been associated with Spanish Christian imperial projects, in Reconquest Spain, then in the Spanish discovery and conquest of Latin America, and later in combating independence movements in that continent; the leaders of those movements also invoked María. The Virgin has also accompanied Latinos into the United..."
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"A number of themes emerge, it seems to me, from the discussion above. Perhaps the most important is that the Virgin, throughout the regions and historical times that we have investigated, is a figure of identity and relation. Whether she links migrants to their country of origin, or individuals within..."
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Page Count: 382
Illustrations: 63 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2004