Whilst eu notions approximately angels and demons have been exported to the recent international, they underwent outstanding 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 customarily approved procedure 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 upon with the USA. the amount could be of curiosity to students and scholars of spiritual experiences, anthropology of faith, heritage of rules, Latin American colonial background and church background.
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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. Predictably, Sa´nchez begins by defining superstition as a form of idolatry and therefore a breach of the first commandment. Like Azpilcueta, he makes the distinction between pernicious and superfluous forms of superstition, citing many of the same authorities 18 19 21 22 Domingo de Valtana´s, Doctrina Christiana (Seville, 1555), 201.
63 Theorists such as the fourteenth-century natural philosopher Nicole Oresme had long reiterated the virtually infinite number of possible natural explanations for the strange phenomena that occupied the grey area between nature and super-nature. Such theorists were not, however, particularly interested in providing detailed explanations for specific cases. 64 61 62 63 64 ‘[P]lena sunt superstitionis, & falsitatis, & a` catholica religione valde aliena . . imperiti quidam sunt, nebulones, ebrii, incontinentes .
All subsequent citations are from this edition. Archivo Histo´rico Nacional, Madrid, Inquisition libro 735, fol. 3r–v. All translations are my own, unless otherwise noted. e. 15 Castan˜ega, for example, entitles his first chapter ‘That the Devil Always Desires To Be Honoured and Adored as God’, and in subsequent chapters describes the stereotypical witches’ sabbath. Ciruelo similarly links superstition to diabolism and thereby to idolatry, as in the following passage: As I have said, any man who enters a pact or friendship with the devil sins gravely, because he breaks the first commandment.
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