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By Fernando Cervantes, Andrew Redden

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While eu notions approximately angels and demons have been exported to the hot international, they underwent amazing diversifications. Angels and demons got here to shape an essential component of the Spanish American cosmology, resulting in the emergence of colonial city and rural landscapes set inside of a strikingly theological framework. trust in celestial and demonic spirits quickly regulated and affected the day-by-day lives of Spanish, Indigenous and Mestizo peoples, whereas missionary networks circulated those practices to create a frequent and usually permitted method of trust that flourished in seventeenth-century Baroque tradition and spirituality. This research of angels and demons opens a very illuminating window onto highbrow and cultural advancements within the centuries that the eu come across with the US. the quantity should be of curiosity to students and scholars of spiritual stories, anthropology of faith, background of principles, Latin American colonial heritage and church historical past

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18 Perhaps the most influential instance of the category of superstition migrating from formal anti-superstition treatises into other types of works was Martı´n de Azpilcueta’s handbook for confessors, Manual de confessores y penitentes (1554), which contains several chapters on superstition that rehearse the decalogical interpretation. g. 24 One such Jesuit was Toma´s Sa´nchez, whose Latin tome Opus morale in praecepta decalogi (1615) includes a lengthy section on superstition that hews closely to Azpilcueta’s treatment.

As a physician his medical knowledge was no less impressive. In 1588, for example, he published one of the sixteenth century’s most celebrated handbooks on clinical therapeutics, the Methodus medendi. 54 50 52 53 54 51 Castan˜ega, Tratado, 193. , 194. , 195. See also Campagne, ‘Medicina y religio´n’, 427. For biographical and bibliographical details on Valle´s I draw on Martı´n Ferreira, El humanismo, 58–65. Although the work went through many editions in Spain during the late sixteenth century, it was placed on the index in 1612.

On the demonic pact see Brian Levack, The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, 2nd edn (New York, 1995), 35–8. 11 The category of the tacit pact demonised any activity, regardless of intention, in which the causes involved could not naturally (or supernaturally) produce the desired effects. This more sophisticated theoretical paradigm was enthusiastically embraced by later theologians such as Jean Gerson, who in his De erroribus circa artem magicam (1402) developed the idea of the tacit pact to its logical conclusion.

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