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Title Copies of documents relating to a debate over the legitimacy of a ritual dance performed by the Mexican Indians before a statue of Saint Gonçalo de Amarante in Mexico City [manuscript]
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Transcription, possibly by a notary of the period, Juan Mariano Diaz, of eleven documents (letters, reports, and official notary statements), pertaining to the debate held by the Dominicans between February 24, 1816 to March 22, 1816, over whether or not to allow the Indians to perform a ritual dance before a statue of San Gonzalo in the church of the Dominican convent in Mexico City. Several Dominicans present their views on the matter, defending them with authoritative theological references. Although there is some support for allowing the Indians to continue the dance as part of their worship, the matter is referred to the Dean of the Cathedral, José Mariano Beristain de Souza who ultimately prohibits such displays of devotion.
Names Souza, José Mariano Beristain de; Gonçalo, de Amarante (c.1200-c.1259); Diaz, Juan Mariano
Places Imperial Convento de Santo Domingo de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Keywords religion, church, Christianity, ceremony, ritual, dance, Mexican
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Missionaries and Education
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1813
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue