The Black Christ of Esquipulas Hardback

Religion and Identity in Guatemala

by Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez;

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The Black Christ of Esquipulas

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On the eastern border of Guatemala and Honduras, pilgrims and travelers flock to the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a large statue carved from wood depicting Christ on the cross. The Catholic shrine, built in the late sixteenth century, has become the focal point of admiration and adoration from New Mexico to Panama. Beyond being a site of popular devotion, however, the Black Christ of Esquipulas was also the scene of important debates about citizenship and identity in the Guatemalan nation throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In "The Black Christ of Esquipulas," Douglass Sullivan-GonzAlez explores the multifaceted appeal of this famous shrine, its mysterious changes in color over the centuries, and its deeper significance in the spiritual and political lives of Guatemalans. Reconstructed from letters buried within the restricted Catholic Church archive in Guatemala City, the debates surrounding the shrine reflect the shifting categories of race and ethnicity throughout the course of the country's political trajectory. This "biography" of the Black Christ of Esquipulas serves as an alternative history of Guatemala and sheds light on some of the most salient themes in Guatemala's social and political history: state formation, interethnic dynamics, and church-state tensions. Sullivan-GonzAlez's study provides a holistic understanding of the relevance of faith and ritual to the social and political history of this influential region.

The Black Christ of Esquipulas by Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez was published by University of Nebraska Press in January 2016. The ISBN for The Black Christ of Esquipulas is 9780803268432.

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Details for The Black Christ of Esquipulas

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press (January 2016)
Number of Pages240
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4338364
Page last updated 16th August 2018
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