By Luis R. Corteguera
On July 21, 1578, the Mexican city of Tecamachalco aroused from sleep to information of a scandal. A doll-like effigy hung from the door of the town's church. Its two-faced head had black poultry feathers rather than hair. every one mouth had a tongue sewn onto it, one with a forked finish, the opposite with a gag tied round it. indicators and logos decorated the effigy, together with a sambenito, the garment that the Inquisition imposed on heretics. less than the effigy lay a pile of firewood. Taken jointly, the effigy, symptoms, and logos conveyed a perilous message: the sufferer of the scandal used to be a Jew who should still burn on the stake. Over the process 4 years, inquisitors carried out 9 trials and interrogated dozens of witnesses, whose testimonials published a brilliant portrait of friendship, love, hatred, and the ability of rumor in a Mexican colonial town.
A tale of dishonor and revenge, Death by means of Effigy additionally unearths the facility of the Inquisition's symbols, their susceptibility to robbery and misuse, and the poor outcomes of doing so within the New international. lately validated and concerned to say its authority, the Mexican Inquisition relentlessly pursued the perpetrators. mendacity, forgery, defamation, rape, robbery, and actual aggression didn't drawback the Inquisition up to the misuse of the Holy Office's identify, whose political undertaking required protecting its symbols. Drawing on inquisitorial papers from the Mexican Inquisition's archive, Luis R. Corteguera weaves a wealthy narrative that leads readers right into a global enormously diverse from our personal, one within which symbols have been as robust because the sword.
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Death by Effigy: A Case from the Mexican Inquisition (The Early Modern Americas) by Luis R. Corteguera