Man-Gods in the Mexican Highlands: Indian Power and Colonial Society, 1520-1800

Man-Gods in the Mexican Highlands: Indian Power and Colonial Society, 1520-1800

Man-Gods in the Mexican Highlands: Indian Power and Colonial Society, 1520-1800

Man-Gods in the Mexican Highlands: Indian Power and Colonial Society, 1520-1800

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This Introduction is actually a kind of afterword that I was asked to write for the English translation of the book. It was not originally conceived to fit into the overall organization of the work, and thus falls outside and subsequent to it by more than two years. Such a stocktaking cannot fail to evoke all kinds of reservations and dissatisfaction, even if it permits me today to make a more accurate assessment of the stage that this book represents in my research.

The study should be seen as part of a long-term research project concerned with the societies of central Mexico in the colonial period, from the sixteenth century to the beginning of the nineteenth. In the course of the undertaking, I examined the way in which the indigenous population met the shock of the Spanish conquest and the West in its most varied forms. Thus it also afforded me an opportunity to examine, concretely and in the long term, a range of phenomena that I shall call "cultural change," "acculturation," and, more precisely, "occi-

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