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By Luis R. Corteguera

On July 21, 1578, the Mexican city of Tecamachalco aroused from sleep to information of a scandal. A doll-like effigy hung from the door of the town's church. Its two-faced head had black bird feathers rather than hair. every one mouth had a tongue sewn onto it, one with a forked finish, the opposite with a gag tied round it. indicators and emblems decorated the effigy, together with a sambenito, the garment that the Inquisition imposed on heretics. under the effigy lay a pile of firewood. Taken jointly, the effigy, indicators, and logos conveyed a perilous message: the sufferer of the scandal used to be a Jew who may still burn on the stake. Over the process 4 years, inquisitors carried out 9 trials and interrogated dozens of witnesses, whose testimonials published a vibrant portrait of friendship, love, hatred, and the ability of rumor in a Mexican colonial town.

A tale of dishonor and revenge, Death by way of Effigy additionally unearths the ability of the Inquisition's symbols, their susceptibility to robbery and misuse, and the bad effects of doing so within the New global. lately demonstrated and concerned to claim its authority, the Mexican Inquisition relentlessly pursued the perpetrators. mendacity, forgery, defamation, rape, robbery, and actual aggression didn't challenge the Inquisition up to the misuse of the Holy Office's identify, whose political project required protecting its symbols. Drawing on inquisitorial papers from the Mexican Inquisition's archive, Luis R. Corteguera weaves a wealthy narrative that leads readers right into a international tremendously various from our personal, one during which symbols have been as strong because the sword.

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