Soldiers of the Virgin: The Moral Economy of a Colonial Maya Rebellion

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In the early summer of 1712, a young Maya woman from the village of Cancuc in southern Mexico encountered an apparition of the Virgin Mary while walking in the forest. The miracle soon attracted Indian pilgrims from pueblos throughout the highlands of Chiapas. When alarmed Spanish authorities stepped in to put a stop to the burgeoning cult, they ignited a full-scale rebellion. Declaring "Now there is no God or King," rebel leaders raised an army of some five thousand "soldiers of the Virgin" to defend their new faith and ...

Soldiers of the Virgin: The Moral Economy of a Colonial Maya Rebellion 1992, University of Arizona Press

ISBN-13: 9780816512935

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