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

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dc.contributor.advisor Burshatin, Israel
dc.contributor.advisor Krippner, James Ottman, Noel 2010-08-31T16:14:29Z 2010-08-31T16:14:29Z 2010
dc.description.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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of History
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject.lcsh Women healers -- Mexico -- History -- 17th century
dc.subject.lcsh Montoia, Ysabel de, 1614-1661
dc.subject.lcsh Inquisition -- Mexico -- History -- 17th century
dc.title License to Cure: Policing Women's Healing in the Trials of Ysabel de Montoia en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en
dc.description.refereed Department of History Prize Winning Thesis

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