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Biography of a Mexican CrucifixLived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present$
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Jennifer Scheper Hughes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367065

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367065.001.0001

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Christ Comes Again to Totolapan

(p.107) 5 Repatriation
Biography of a Mexican Crucifix

Jennifer Scheper Hughes

Oxford University Press

A wave of secularist reforms in the nineteenth century led to the increasingly marginal status of religious images, including the Cristo Aparecido, in the City of Mexico. The separation of church and state in Mexico culminated in state appropriation of church property, including religious images. In the midst of this crisis the Cristo was rescued and repatriated to its town of origin, Totolapan, Morelos where the people remembered their precious image even after his 280 year absence.

Keywords:   secularization, Bourbon reforms, Mexican nationalism, repatriation, church and state relations, Benito Juarez

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