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Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ: Corpus Christi in Colonial Cuzco, Peru

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In Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ Carolyn Dean investigates the multiple meanings of the Roman Catholic feast of Corpus Christi as it was performed in the Andean city of Cuzco after the Spanish conquest. By concentrating on the era’s paintings and its historical archives, Dean explores how the festival celebrated the victory of the Christian God over sin and death, the triumph of Christian orthodoxy over the imperial Inka patron (the Sun), and Spain’s conquest of Peruvian society.

As Dean clearly illustrates, the central rite of the festival—the taking of the Eucharist—symbolized both the acceptance of Christ and the power of the colonizers over the colonized. The most remarkable of Andean celebrants were those who appeared costumed as the vanquished Inka kings of Peru’s pagan past. Despite the subjugation of the indigenous population, Dean shows how these and other Andean nobles used the occasion of Corpus Christi as an opportunity to construct new identities through tinkuy, a native term used to describe the conjoining of opposites. By mediating the chasms between the Andean region and Europe, pagans and Christians, and the past and the present, these Andean elites negotiated a new sense of themselves. Dean moves beyond the colonial period to examine how these hybrid forms of Inka identity are still evident in the festive life of modern Cuzco.

Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ offers the first in-depth analysis of the culture and paintings of colonial Cuzco. This volume will be welcomed by historians of Peruvian culture, art, and politics. It will also interest those engaged in performance studies, religion, and postcolonial and Latin American studies.

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Analysis of how a religious festival dramatized the subaltern status of indigenous converts and how these converts used this to construct positive colonial identities.

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Mediating the chasms between the Andean region and Europe, pagans and Christians, and the past and the present, these Andean elites negotiated a new sense of themselves. Moving beyond the colonial period, Dean examines how these hybrid forms of Inka identity are still evident in the festive life of modern Cuzco. "Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ" offers the first in-depth analysis of the culture and paintings of colonial Cuzco. This volume will be welcomed by historians of Peruvian culture, art, and politics. It will also interest those engaged in performance studies, religion, and postcolonial and Latin American studies.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-282) and index.

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Carolyn Dean is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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ISBN:
9780822323679
Author:
Dean, Carolyn
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Dean
Location:
Durham, N.C. :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Church History - Catholic
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Missions
Subject:
Incas
Subject:
Corpus Christi Festival.
Subject:
Cuzco
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Incas -- Religion.
Subject:
Incas -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 illustrations, 8 in color
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.27x6.15x.72 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Analysis of how a religious festival dramatized the subaltern status of indigenous converts and how these converts used this to construct positive colonial identities.
"Synopsis" by , Mediating the chasms between the Andean region and Europe, pagans and Christians, and the past and the present, these Andean elites negotiated a new sense of themselves. Moving beyond the colonial period, Dean examines how these hybrid forms of Inka identity are still evident in the festive life of modern Cuzco. "Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ" offers the first in-depth analysis of the culture and paintings of colonial Cuzco. This volume will be welcomed by historians of Peruvian culture, art, and politics. It will also interest those engaged in performance studies, religion, and postcolonial and Latin American studies.
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