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Angels, Demons and the New World

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Fernando Cervantes, Andrew Redden, Andrew Keitt, Kenneth Mills, Louise Burkhart, Caterina Pizzigoni, Ramón Mujica Pinilla, Jaime Cuadriello, David Brading
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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521764582

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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.

    • Explores key themes about religious and cultural change, interaction and negotiation in the early modern Hispanic world
    • Enhances our understanding of religious difference, cultural hybridity, belief and religious and cultural change in ethnically complex societies
    • Contributes to a number of lively historical debates about the impact and long-term repercussions of the Reformations and the Renaissance
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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 major contribution to comparative religion …"
    Norman E. Whitten, Jr, Bulletin of Latin American Research

    "This is a major addition to the scholarship of diabolism and the less often addressed matters of angelology as well as an important area of connection between Europeans and the New World."
    Leonard R. N. Ashley, Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521764582
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • 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 Ramón Mujica Pinilla
    8. Winged and imagined Indians Jaime Cuadriello
    9. Psychomachia Indiana: angels, devils and holy images in New Spain David Brading.

  • Editors

    Fernando Cervantes, University of Bristol
    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, University of Liverpool
    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).


    Fernando Cervantes, Andrew Redden, Andrew Keitt, Kenneth Mills, Louise Burkhart, Caterina Pizzigoni, Ramón Mujica Pinilla, Jaime Cuadriello, David Brading

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