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    DescriptionIn villages and towns across Spain and its former New World colonies, local performers stage mock battles between Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that range from brief sword dances to massive street theatre lasting several days. The performances officially celebrate the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies. Such an explanation does not, however, account for the tradition's persistence for more than five hundred years nor for its widespread diffusion. In this perceptive book, Max Harris seeks to understand the "puzzling and enduring passion" of both Mexicans and Spaniards for festivals of moros y cristianos. He begins by tracing the performances' roots in medieval Spain and showing how they came to be superimposed on the mock battles that had been part of pre-contact Aztec calendar rituals. Then, using James Scott's distinction between "public" and "hidden transcripts," he reveals how, in the hands of folk and indigenous performers, these spectacles of conquest became prophecies of the eventual re-conquest of Mexico by the defeated Aztec peoples. Finally, he documents the early arrival of Native American performance practices in Europe and the shift of moros y cristianos from court to folk tradition in Spain. Even today, as lively descriptions of current festivals make plain, mock battles between Aztecs, Moors, and Christians remain a remarkably sophisticated vehicle for the communal expression of dissent. Max Harris is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of The Dialogical Theatre: Dramatizations of the Conquest of Mexico and the Question of the Other.


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    Title
    Aztecs, Moors, and Christians
    Subtitle
    Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Max Harris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 319
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 577 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292731325
    ISBN 10: 0292731329
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBJK, JHBT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF, HRCC1
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: HRLF
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WEUROP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25490
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000, HIS045000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET070
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN, ETHN/HISPNC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC014000, SOC002010
    DC22: 394.26946
    LC classification: GT4014.A2 H37 2000
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    DC21: 394.26946
    LC classification: 99057705
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, QRM, JHMC, JHB, QRAX, JBSL, QRVJ1, NHKA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KL
    Illustrations note
    18 halftones, 14 line drawings
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "This is a major contribution to the rich and fascinating cultural history of colonial-era Mexico and the tumultuous clash of European and Native American values, institutions, and technologies... It is beautifully written and makes compelling reading." Robert Potter, Professor of Dramatic Art, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Back cover copy
    IN villages and towns across Spain and its former New World colonies, local performers stage mock battles between Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that range from brief sword dances to massive street theatre lasting several days. The performances officially celebrate the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies. Such an explanation does not, however, account for the tradition's persistence for more than five hundred years nor for its widespread diffusion.In this perceptive book, Max Harris seeks to understand the "puzzling and enduring passion" of both Mexicans and Spaniards for festivals of moros y cristianos. He begins by tracing the performances' roots in medieval Spain and showing how they came to be superimposed on the mock battles that had been part of pre-contact Aztec calendar rituals. Then, using James Scott's distinction between "public transcripts" and "hidden transcripts", he reveals how, in the hands of folk and indigenous performers, these spectacles of conquest became prophecies of the eventual reconquest of Mexico by the defeated Aztec peoples. Finally, he documents the early arrival of native American performance practices in Europe and the shift of moros y cristianos from court to folk tradition in Spain. Even today, as lively descriptions of current festivals make plain, mock battles between Aztecs, Moors, and Christians remain a remarkably sophisticated vehicle for the communal expression of dissent.