Religious chicanery in Michoacan's emergent church

Martin Austin Nesvig

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The study takes an old topic-Christianization, it focuses on the central region of Michoacán and examines the political context and discusses case studies elucidating the lack of catholic hegemony in the region. The study aimed to discuss the issue of impersonation of priests and inquisition officials in the broader context of religious politics. The shortage of resident priests and lack of centralized political control of the region, imposters were able to operate, often with tacit or active support from communities, whose result showed that, the Michoacán lacked a good deal of the formal physical apparatus as priests, of the church that was necessary to establish ideological hegemony, social order and ecclesiastical discipline. As a result rural people in Michoacán began to create their own churches, in their own image where they worshipped saints confessed with their lay peers, ridiculed the diocesan priests and openly defied the tithe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-232
Number of pages20
JournalColonial Latin American Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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