México, D.F: Bonilla Artigas Editores, 2021. b/w and color plates, facs., bibliographical references (pages -157), color pict. fldg. wrps. Item #119384
The book deals with how pre-Hispanic deities were transformed into demons, a process analyzed from the perspective of convent mural painting. Unlike other studies, the problem of the demonization of the pre-Hispanic gods is centered on the images painted in various convents in New Spain. During evangelization, the Devil was a key figure in the conversion of the Indians, to instill love for God the friars used the fear of diabolical punishment in hell. In the mural paintings of the convents, images of demons abound, but in some cases the figures of the devil incorporate elements of pre-Hispanic iconography: the evangelizers decided that all the gods of the natives were demons and the natives had been deceived, if they did not accept the new religion their souls would burn in hell and tormented by those they had had as divinities, hence the need to present the demons with some of the characteristics of the indigenous gods. The theme of the Devil in mural painting was not only important in New Spain but was also used in the south of the continent; for this reason, the last chapter is dedicated to a brief comparison of some of these images with those made in New Spain. CONTENTS: Nota sobre las referencias y bibliografía -- Introducción -- Capítulo I. El arte indígena cristiano y sus imágenes -- Capítulo II. Imágenes y representaciones sociales de lo demoníaco y del mal -- Capítulo III. El arte indígena cristiano y la Frontera Norte -- Capítulo IV. Combatiendo a las religiones indígenas: donde tú ves dioses yo veo demonios -- Capítulo V. El Diablo y los indios del Sur de América:un panorama continental. LIMITED EDITION OF 500.