Inka bodies and the body of Christ : Corpus Christi in colonial Cusco, Peru /

Main Author: Dean, Carolyn, 1957-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1999.
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Dean makes a contribution to the growing literature on the extent, nature, and limits of indigenous acculturation in colonial Peru. Her work complements Sabine MacCormack's Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru (CH, Sep'92) and Kenneth Mills's Idolatry and its Enemies: Colonial Andean Religion and Extirpation 1640-1750 (CH, Oct'97). The focus of this study is the festival of Corpus Christi (celebrating the transformation of the host into the body of Christ) in the former Inka capital of Cuzco. Through the lavish celebrations organized for the feast each spring, the corporate groups in colonial society were able to demonstrate their status and place. The Spaniards' inclusion of the Inkas in these ceremonies was designed to underscore the dominance of the Europeans as well as the triumph of Christianity. The results, however, were ambiguous. The nature of indigenous participation in the Corpus Christi festival reinforced continuities with the Inka past, and Inka caciques used it to help forge a new identity in the colonial world. Upper-division undergraduates and above. V. H. Cummins; Austin College

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