La China Poblana

Catarina De San Jaun

in Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157239
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849680 | DOI:
La China Poblana

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This chapter looks at the subject of a hagiographic biography, Catarina de San Juan. Her case reveals more about post-Tridentine guidelines on sanctity and their textual representation. Although first brought to America as a slave, she was central to local citizens' lives because of her intercessory powers. Upon her death in Puebla, she had lots of followers from all walks of life and was promoted by the powerful Jesuit order. One Jesuit wrote a biography of Catarina that became the longest work published in the colonial Americas—Alonso Ramos's De los prodigios … New Spanish clergy further advanced her cause by approving the three-volume tome, while the laity began to venerate a painted portrait of her.

Keywords: Catarina de San Juan; hagiography; Inquisition; Puebla; Jesuit Church; China Poblana; Alonso Ramos; De los prodigios

Chapter.  12691 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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