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Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present

Jennifer Scheper Hughes


Mexico is famous for its notoriously graphic and bloody crucifixes depicting the broken and tortured body of Jesus on the cross. Images of Christ’s suffering frequently outnumber images of the Virgin Mary in local and household devotions throughout Latin America. How do we explain the enduring significance of these images for the popular Roman Catholic faith of poor and ordinary Mexicans? Based on original archival and ethnographic research, this book uncovers the diverse and sometimes contradictory meanings that the symbol of the crucifix has held for indigenous and mestizo Mexicans over many ... More

Keywords: art history, Catholic Church, Mexico, liberation theology, evangelization, colonialism, popular religion, indigenous religions, iconography, Christology, material religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367065
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Scheper Hughes, author
University of California, Riverside
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