Mini Essay #6.pdf - Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicana/o Studies 113 26 October 2019 Mini Essay#6 ​The Dark Madonna When the Spanish moved into Mexico

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Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicana/o Studies 113 26 October 2019 Mini Essay #6: The Dark Madonna When the Spanish moved into Mexico, a heavy weight was placed among the native people that pressured them to fully convert to the Catholic religion. Very few options were left for the Mexican people, and those who opposed the Christian faith entirely were subject to death. Many Catholic friars advocated for the Mexican people, but the overarching opinion of the Spanish people was that the Mexican people were inferior to themselves and that Christianity was a stepping stone for the Mexican people to become modernized. While the Spanish saw space for only one religion, the native people were much more accepting, believing that all gods were equal. The Christian faith that the Spanish pressed upon the Mexican people was very strict on the prevention of idol figures because the Christians believed that their god was the only being that should be idolized. This heavily contrasted with Mexican religion in that idols played
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Unformatted text preview: a significant role in the faith. Therefore, the Indians would hide these idol figures away from the Spaniards and would worship them in secrecy. The text explains that the Indian people would be given crosses that they were allowed to worship, in an attempt by the Spaniards to force the religion upon them. The Indians would use these crosses in their worship but would secretly have their own idols behind the crosses. While this was a huge risk taken by the Indians, they knew how important these customs were and were willing to risk their lives in order to keep their customs and worship alive. This article is important to the Day of the Dead celebration because it shows the hardships that the Indians had to endure to pass on their traditions. Without the risks that these people took to preserve their culture, we probably would not celebrate the Day of the Dead as we do today....
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