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- DescriptionStriking, inexplicable stories circulate among the people of Nuevo Leon in rthern Mexico. Stories of conversos (converted Jews) who fled the Inquisition in Spain and became fabulously wealthy in Mexico. Stories of women and children buried in walls and under houses. Stories of an entire, secret city hidden under modern-day Monterrey. All these stories have place or corroboration in the official histories of Nuevo Leon. In this pioneering ethgraphy, Marie Theresa Hernandez explores how the folktales of Nuevo Leon encode aspects of Nuevolenese identity that have been lost, repressed, or fetishized in legitimate histories of the region. She focuses particularly on stories regarding three groups: the Sephardic Jews said to be the original settlers of the region, the disappeared indigeus population, and the supposed barbaric society that persists in modern Nuevo Leon. Hernandez's explorations into these stories uncover the region's complicated history, as well as the problematic and often fascinating relationship between history and folklore, between officially accepted facts and fictions that many Nuevoleneses believe as truth.
- Author BiographyMarie Theresa Hernandez is Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston.
- Author(s)Marie Theresa Hernandez
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2002
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note27 photos, 1 figure, 1 map
- Weight766 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine509 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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