The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil (Paperback)
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The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/08/2006
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The Witchcraft Outbreak at Abiquiu, New Mexico, occurred between 1756 and 1766, five decades after the witchcraft trials at Salem, Massachusetts. The Genizaro (hispanicized Indian) land grant of Abiquiu was the crown jewel of Governor Velez Cachupin's plan to achieve peace for the benefit of the early New Mexican colonists. The governor's strategy involved allowing the Pueblo Indians to retain their religious ceremonies. In opposition to the Governor's plan, Father Juan Jose Toledo complained that the Genizaros had bewitched him. Governor Velez Cachupin convened a meeting of religious leaders who deliberated and forwarded the case to the Inquisition in Mexico City. In a strange twist of fate, the Inquisition eventually charged Father Toledo with heretical practices and removed him.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826320322
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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""The Witches of Abiquiu" authors Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks tell a mind-boggling tale of witches, sorcery, spells, exorcism, curses, and battles with the Devil during the establishment of the Abiquiu Genizaro land grant between 1756 and 1766..this solidly researched and meticulously documented story reveals a time of social conflict and culture clash during one of New Mexico's most interesting historical periods."
""The Witches of Abiquiu" shows the great complexity of the colonization of New Mexico and the amazineg diversity of cultures still characterizing the state."

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