By Max Harris
In villages and cities throughout Spain and its former New global colonies, neighborhood performers level mock battles among Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that variety from short sword dances to giant road theatre lasting a number of days. The competition culture formally celebrates the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies, but this doesn't clarify its patience for greater than years nor its frequent diffusion.
In this insightful publication, Max Harris seeks to appreciate Mexicans' "puzzling and enduring ardour" for fairs of moros y cristianos. He starts through tracing the performances' roots in medieval Spain and displaying how they got here to be superimposed at the mock battles that have been part of pre-contact Aztec calendar rituals. Then utilizing James Scott's contrast among "public" and "hidden transcripts," he finds how, within the arms of folks and indigenous performers, those spectacles of conquest grew to become prophecies of the eventual reconquest of Mexico through the defeated Aztec peoples. Even this present day, as energetic descriptions of present fairs make simple, they continue to be a remarkably refined car for the communal expression of dissent.
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