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Luis Leon, Ph.D.
Aztec, Chicana, Goddess, Indigenism, Spirituality
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.
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Vargas, Daisy, "Hijas Rebeldes: Chicana Spirituality and the Re(claiming) of the Indigenous" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 670.
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Religion, Ethnic studies, Women's studies