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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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Beauty, Affection, and Devotion

Beauty, Affection, and Devotion

Fiesta at the Dawn of a New Millennium

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Biography of a Mexican Crucifix

Jennifer Scheper Hughes

Oxford University Press

The annual celebration of the fiesta in honor of the Cristo Aparecido is aesthetic rather than penitential in nature. Tenderness and affection, rather than pity or sorrow, are the emotions with which devotees most commonly regard their santo Cristo. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, devotion to the Cristo Aparecido finds new expression in the exercise of transnational religion: migrants from Mexico travel to and fro across the U.S. Mexican border, settling in San Juan Capistrano. In this southern California locale, immigrants immerse themselves in the religious life of the local Catholic church at the same time that they continue to organize and participate in the annual fiesta in Totolapan.

Keywords:   fiesta, religious ritual, performance, popular religion, aesthetics, religion and transnationalism, Latino religion, pilgrimage, religion and immigration

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