Angels, Demons and The New World

Angels, Demons and The New World

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When European notions about angels and demons were exported to the New World, they underwent remarkable adaptations. Angels and demons came to form an integral part of the Spanish American cosmology, leading to the emergence of colonial urban and rural landscapes set within a strikingly theological framework. Belief in celestial and demonic spirits soon regulated and affected the daily lives of Spanish, Indigenous and Mestizo peoples, while missionary networks circulated these practices to create a widespread and generally accepted system of belief that flourished in seventeenth-century Baroque culture and spirituality. This study of angels and demons opens a particularly illuminating window onto intellectual and cultural developments in the centuries that followed the European encounter with America. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of religious studies, anthropology of religion, history of ideas, Latin American colonial history and church history.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 22 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 113902387X
  • 9781139023870

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'These well-written essays break new ground in Latin American studies; Angels, Demons and the New World will be of interest to scholars and students of Latin American colonial history, religious studies, anthropology of religion, and church history.' The Catholic Historical Review 'A rich and nuanced account.' The Times Literary Supplement '... a major contribution to comparative religion ...' Norman E. Whitten, Jr, Bulletin of Latin American Research
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Table of contents

Introduction Fernando Cervantes and Andrew Redden; Part I. From the Old World to the New: 1. The devil in the old world: anti-superstition literature, medical humanism and preternatural philosophy in early modern Spain Andrew Keitt; 2. Demonios within and without: Hieronymites and the devil in the early modern Hispanic world Kenneth Mills; 3. How to see angels: the resilience of Mendicant spirituality in Spanish America Fernando Cervantes; Part II. Indigenous and Afro-American Responses: 4. Satan is my nickname: demonic and angelic interventions in colonial Nahuatl theatre Louise Burkhart; 5. Vipers under the altar cloth: Satanic and angelic forms in seventeenth-century New Granada Andrew Redden; 6. Where did all the angels go? An interpretation of the Nahua supernatural world Caterina Pizzigoni; Part III. The World of the Baroque: 7. Angels and demons in the conquest of Peru Ramon Mujica Pinilla; 8. Winged and imagined Indians Jaime Cuadriello; 9. Psychomachia Indiana: angels, devils and holy images in New Spain David Brading.
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About Fernando Cervantes

Fernando Cervantes is Reader in History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of The Devil in the New World: The Impact of Diabolism in New Spain (1994). Andrew Redden is a Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Liverpool. He is author of Diabolism in Colonial Peru, 1560-1750 (2008).
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