William B. Taylor
Muriel McKevitt Sonne Professor of History,
Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley
This lecture revisits an aspect of the history of Christianity in Mexico that Victor Turner broached early in the boomlet of comparative pilgrimage studies during the 1980s and 1990s. How scholars think about sacred journeys has changed since then, but pilgrims and their purposes in colonial Latin America seem more compelling and elusive than ever. I’ll consider recent scholarship and terminology, describe some historical patterns, and suggest an approach.
William B. Taylor, Muriel McKevitt Sonne Professor of History, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, has worked along several edges of history, anthropology, art history, and religious studies in his research on colonial land tenure, village social life, priests in their parishes, shrines, and material culture. His recent books are Shrines and Miraculous Images in Mexico Before the Reforma and Marvels and Miracles in Colonial Mexico: Three Texts in Context (both 2011).
Department of Religion