Catalogue

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations.

Adoring the saints : fiestas in central Mexico /
Yolanda Lastra, Dina Sherzer, and Joel Sherzer.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
description
211 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0292719809 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780292719804 (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
isbn
0292719809 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780292719804 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6978227
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-205) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Yolanda Lastra is Professor of Linguistics at UNAM (National University of Mexico). Joel Sherzer is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Dina Sherzer is Professor Emerita of French and Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-09-01:
Lastra (linguistics, National Univ. of Mexico), J. Sherzer (emer., anthropology and linguistics, Texas), and D. Sherzer (emer., comparative literature, Texas) present a descriptive account of the fiesta cycles in two ethnically distinct central Mexican towns whose citizens participate formally and informally in each other's traditions. The authors provide considerable detail on fiesta organization and leadership, including specific attention to processions, vigils, dances, and sundry ceremonies (large and small scale). Indeed, the bulk of this work is given over to description, with a number of appendixes covering, among other things, lyrics to hymns and other songs as well as speeches in the Spanish original and in English translation. The authors offer some interpretation in the concluding chapter, focusing on the fiesta as generative of solidarity, for example, or as presenting "indigenous" and "Spanish" features, etc., with terms like "hybridity" and "syncretism," though also rejecting them with little comment. Theory is clearly not the strength of this book, which will be of most interest to specialists looking for comparative data, supplied here in abundance. For a more interpretive and engaging, yet detailed, examination of the fiesta cycle in another Mesoamerican context, see Garrett Cook's Renewing the Maya World: Expressive Culture in a Highland Town (CH, Sep'01, 39-0387). Summing Up: Recommended. Faculty. C. J. MacKenzie University of Lethbridge
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, September 2010
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Mexico is famous for spectacular fiestas that embody its heart and soul. An expression of the cult of the saint, patron saint fiestas are the centrepiece of Mexican popular religion. This work provides a study of two intimately linked patron saint fiestas in the state of Guanajuato, near San Miguel de Allende.
Main Description
Mexico is famous for spectacular fiestas that embody its heart and soul. An expression of the cult of the saint, patron saint fiestas are the centerpiece of Mexican popular religion and of great importance to the lives and cultures of people and communities. These fiestas have their own language, objects, belief systems, and practices. They link Mexico's past and present, its indigenous and European populations, and its local and global relations. This work provides a comprehensive study of two intimately linked patron saint fiestas in the state of Guanajuato, near San Miguel de Allende--the fiesta of the village of Cruz del Palmar and that of the town of San Luis de la Paz. These two fiestas are related to one another in very special ways involving both religious practices and their respective pre-Hispanic origins. A mixture of secular and sacred, patron saint fiestas are multi-day affairs that include many events, ritual specialists, and performers, with the participation of the entire community. Fiestas take place in order to honor the saints, and they are the occasion for religious ceremonies, processions, musical performances, dances, and dance dramas. They feature spectacular costumes, enormous puppets, masked and cross-dressed individuals, dazzling fireworks, rodeos, food stands, competitions, and public dances. By encompassing all of these events and performances, this work displays the essence of Mexico, a lens through which this country's complex history, religion, ethnic mix, traditions, and magic can be viewed.
Main Description
Mexico is famous for spectacular fiestas that embody its heart and soul. An expression of the cult of the saint, patron saint fiestas are the centerpiece of Mexican popular religion and of great importance to The lives and cultures of people and communities. These fiestas have their own language, objects, belief systems, and practices. They link Mexico_s past and present, its indigenous and European populations, and its local and global relations. This work provides a comprehensive study of two intimately linked patron saint fiestas in the state of Guanajuato, near San Miguel de Allende_the fiesta of the village of Cruz del Palmar and that of the town of San Luis de la Paz. These two fiestas are related to one another in very special ways involving both religious practices and their respective pre-Hispanic origins. A mixture of secular and sacred, patron saint fiestas are multi-day affairs that include many events, ritual specialists, and performers, with the participation of the entire community. Fiestas take place in order to honor the saints, and they are the occasion for religious ceremonies, processions, musical performances, dances, and dance dramas. They feature spectacular costumes, enormous puppets, masked and cross-dressed individuals, dazzling fireworks, rodeos, food stands, competitions, and public dances. By encompassing all of these events and performances, this work displays the essence of Mexico, a lens through which this country_s complex history, religion, ethnic mix, traditions, and magic can be viewed.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Setting the Stagep. 7
Fiesta Leaders, Officials, And Saintsp. 22
Vigils, Visits, And Ritual mealsp. 43
Processions, Encounters, Ceremonies, And Massesp. 66
Dances, Dance Dramas, and Entertainmentsp. 94
Toward Understanding the parton Saint Fiestap. 115
Appendicesp. 141
Notesp. 187
Glossaryp. 195
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 207
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem