License to Cure: Policing Women's Healing in the Trials of Ysabel de Montoia

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License to Cure: Policing Women's Healing in the Trials of Ysabel de Montoia

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Title: License to Cure: Policing Women's Healing in the Trials of Ysabel de Montoia
Author: Ottman, Noel
Advisor: Burshatin, Israel; Krippner, James
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Honors: Department of History Prize Winning Thesis
Abstract: The Mexican Inquisition arrested Ysabel de Montoia, alias La Centella, in 1650 and again in 1661 on charges of witchcraft, superstitious healing, and crimes of sensuality. As a well-known curandera, or magical healer, in Puebla and Mexico City, Ysabel served a broad client base ranging from prostitutes to city officials. After her first trial, Ysabel claimed that the Inquisition had granted her a special license to heal; she was able to expand her business and even gained inquisitor as a client. In her trials, Ysabel articulated alternate matrices for understanding gender relations, expertise, and religion. This thesis uses her case, and the figure of the curandera, to analyze women's agency and the influence of non-elite discourse in colonial Mexico.
Subject: Women healers -- Mexico -- History -- 17th century
Subject: Montoia, Ysabel de, 1614-1661
Subject: Inquisition -- Mexico -- History -- 17th century
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5438

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Ottman, Noel. "License to Cure: Policing Women's Healing in the Trials of Ysabel de Montoia". 2010. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5438.

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