CLAS is pleased to announce the recent publication of Angels, Demons and the New World, co-edited by our resident Latin American Historian Dr Andrew Redden and Dr Fernando Cervantes (University of Bristol).

JacketAngels, Demons and the New World is an anthology of essays written by eminent historians, anthropologists and art historians of early modern Latin America such as David Brading, Kenneth Mills, Louise Burkhart and Ramón Mujica Pinilla, and discusses the interactions of ordinary people with the spiritual beings that they came into contact with on a regular basis. The theoretical context for the book centres on the fact that when European notions about angels and demons were exported to the New World, they underwent remarkable adaptations. Angels and demons came to form an integral part of the Spanish American cosmology, leading to the emergence of colonial urban and rural landscapes set within a strikingly theological framework.

Belief in celestial and demonic spirits soon regulated and affected the daily lives of Spanish, Indigenous and Mestizo peoples, while missionary networks circulated these practices to create a widespread and generally accepted system of belief that flourished in seventeenth-century Baroque culture and spirituality. This study of angels and demons sheds light on the intellectual and cultural developments in the centuries that followed the European encounter with America. 

 Fernando Cervantes and Andrew Redden (editors), Angels, Demons and the New World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

 

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