Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Poder y magia en los pueblos indios de México y Guatemala

Danièle Dehouve, M. Charlotte Arnauld


Certain magic elements considered as witchcraft appeared in the prehispanic societies as a form of political legimation which the Spanish colonial administration did not allow to the indigenous elites. This paper tries to demonstrate that this situation contained a dissociation between the authority performed in the Spanish administration and the real political legitimacy bounded to the magic elements of the traditional indigenous aristocracy. This dissociation brought about a split in the political power, between official holders of power and clandestine or hidden specialists. Both of which were not necessarily different in every case. The repression of this witchcraft could have hidden other forms relationships in which the real political power in the indigenous society is at stake.

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