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 bird 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. symptoms and emblems embellished 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, indicators, and emblems conveyed a perilous message: the sufferer of the scandal was once 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 vibrant portrait of friendship, love, hatred, and the ability of rumor in a Mexican colonial town.
A tale of dishonor and revenge, Death via Effigy additionally finds the ability of the Inquisition's symbols, their susceptibility to robbery and misuse, and the poor outcomes of doing so within the New global. lately confirmed and concerned to say its authority, the Mexican Inquisition relentlessly pursued the perpetrators. mendacity, forgery, defamation, rape, robbery, and actual aggression didn't challenge 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 significantly diverse from our personal, one during which symbols have been as robust because the sword.
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