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Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico

Three Texts in Context

William B. Taylor

Publication Year: 2011

Consisting of three rare documents about miracles during the second half of the eighteenth century, each accompanied by an introductory essay, this study explores these divine signs and the move to change the role of the church and religion in colonial life.

Published by: University of New Mexico Press

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright

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Foreword

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pp. vii-

With the publication of Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico: Three Texts in Context, our Religions of the Americas series offers an innovation to benefit readers who want to go more deeply into the history of religion...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-

Special thanks to my students and coteachers in History 8A and 140A at the University of California, Berkeley, who worked through these and other primary sources with me. ... I am indebted to the Fondo Reservado of the Biblioteca Nacional de

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Introduction

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pp. 1-5

The readings in this little book consist of three unusual documents about miracles in late colonial Mexico paired with an introductory essay. The documents date from the second half of the eighteenth century when Spain’s Bourbon...

Part I

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Trouble with Miracles

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pp. 9-21

Miracles have been a defining belief in the history of Christianity. Christian shrines of the Middle Ages and Catholic shrines since the sixteenth century are famous for marvelous healings and protection that mark them as special places of transparency between devotees and the...

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Document:

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pp. 23-49

[p. 1] Summary investigation concerning the marvel that Our Lady of the Walnut Tree worked for Do

PART II

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Our Lady in the Kernel of Corn

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pp. 53-55

Marian apparitions and miraculous images in Mexico inevitably bring to mind one renowned figure—Our Lady of Guadalupe and its shrine at Tepeyac in the Valley of Mexico. Guadalupe is, indeed, a touchstone to the history...

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Document

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pp. 57-67

Acount of the prodigious miracle by Most Holy Mary in the village of Santa Mar

PART IIII

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Between Nativitas and Mexico City: Miracles and the Mundane in an Eighteenth-Century Pastor’s Local Religion

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pp. 71-87

Parish priests were more than spokesmen for official doctrine and institutional order; more than orchestrators of a universal liturgy; more than gatekeepers of the sacred in the face of exuberant or tepid popular faith. They carried their...

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Document

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pp. 89-136

History of Miracles Worked by the Image of Our Lady of Intercession which is Venerated in the Monastery of Nativitas of Tepetlatzinco Pueblo, by Fray Francisco de la Rosa Figueroa (1776) ...

Notes

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pp. 137-146

Index

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pp. 147-149

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780826349774
E-ISBN-10: 0826349773
Print-ISBN-13: 9780826349750
Print-ISBN-10: 0826349757

Page Count: 160
Illustrations: 2 halftones
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Religions of the Americas Series