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Quetzalcoatl and Guadalupe

The Formation of Mexican National Consciousness, 1531-1813

"In this study of complex beliefs in which Aztec religion and Spanish Catholicism blend, Lafaye demonstrates the importance of religious beliefs in the formation of the Mexican nation. Far from being of only parochial interest, this volume is of great value to any historian of religions concerned with problems of nativism and syncretism."—Franke J. Neumann, Religious Studies Review

366 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1976

History: Latin American History

Latin American Studies

Table of Contents

Foreword by Octavio Paz
A Historian’s Profession of Faith
Part 1. New Spain from the Conquest to Independence (1521-1821)
1. Brothers and Enemies: Spaniards and Creoles
2. Irreconcilable Enemies: Indians, Mestizos, Mulattoes
3. The Inquisition and the Pagan Underground
4. The Indian, a Spiritual Problem (1524-1648)
5. The Creole Utopia of the "Indian Spring" (1604-1700)
6. The Spiritual Emancipation (1728-1759)
7. The Holy War (1767-1821)
Part 2. Quetzalcóatl, or the Phoenix Bird
8. The First Franciscans
9. The Genesis of the Creole Myth
10. Saint Thomas-Quetzalcóatl, Apostle of Mexico
11. Epilogue: The "Four Hundred" Modern Quetzalcóatls
Part 3. Guadalupe, or the New Epiphany
12. Holy Mary and Tonantzin
13. The Infancy of Guadalupe
14. The Dispute of the Apparitions
15. Guadalupe, a Mexican National Emblem
16. Epilogue: Guadalupe Today
17. Perspectives

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