Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Luis Leon

Keywords

Aztec, Chicana, Goddess, Indigenism, Spirituality

Abstract

Though the Chicano nationalist movement of the 1960s and 1970s helped Chicanas/os embrace an indigenous identity traced back to the Aztecs of Mexico, it nevertheless proved alienating to Chicanas. In response to patriarchal structures of control within the Chicano movement and Western culture, Chicanas developed a mestiza consciousness. The grounding of this new epistemic tradition in ancient indigenous practices creates a Chicana spirituality and a

method for identifying with the cosmology and goddess mythology of the Aztecs. Though critics of Chicana spirituality question the authenticity of Chicana claims to indigenous traditions, Chicanas employ their spirituality as tool to transform them into agents of their own identity.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Daisy Vargas

File size

55 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Religion, Ethnic studies, Women's studies

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