The Devil in the New World: The Impact of Diabolism in New Spain
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The Devil in the New World: The Impact of Diabolism in New Spain

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In this elegant and sensitive book, Fernando Cervantes looks at diabolism in the New World, revealing how Native Americans reinterpreted the view of Christianity presented to them and how their belief in the Devil influenced the ideology of the Old World.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 29th 1997 by Yale University Press (first published 1994)
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I recently met the author and the topic is my bailey wick. It explores the efforts of missionaries to translate the concept of the devil to Mesoamerica--very difficult to communicate a good vs. evil concept in a world where good and evil, or order and chaos, coexist. Louise Burkhart explored this dilemma linguistically in Slippery Earth. I'm curious to see how Cervantes treats the topic here.

An interesting book best read by those familiar with the historiography. Cervantes refers repeatedly to p...more
Read for a Colonial Latin American studies class. Fascinating discussion on cluture, perception and spirituality. I liked it so much it became the starting point for my research paper. You may want to skip the first chapter or read after finishing the rest though.
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A study of "the devil" and "witchcraft" in New Spain and how these two elements were tied to women, especially, indigenous women.
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