By Max Harris
In villages and cities throughout Spain and its former New international colonies, neighborhood performers degree mock battles among Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that variety from short sword dances to giant highway theatre lasting a number of days. The pageant culture formally celebrates the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies, but this doesn't clarify its endurance for greater than years nor its frequent diffusion.
In this insightful publication, Max Harris seeks to appreciate Mexicans' "puzzling and enduring ardour" for gala's of moros y cristianos. He starts through tracing the performances' roots in medieval Spain and exhibiting how they got here to be superimposed at the mock battles that were part of pre-contact Aztec calendar rituals. Then utilizing James Scott's contrast among "public" and "hidden transcripts," he unearths how, within the arms of folks and indigenous performers, those spectacles of conquest turned prophecies of the eventual reconquest of Mexico by means of the defeated Aztec peoples. Even this day, as energetic descriptions of present fairs make undeniable, they continue to be a remarkably subtle motor vehicle for the communal expression of dissent.
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Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain by Max Harris