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[Dance; Chuchumbe and Jarabe Gatuno; Inquisition]
[Prohibition of the Chuchumbe and a new dance called Harabe Gatuno by the Mexican Inquisition] Nos los Inquisidores Apostolicos, contra la Heretica Pravedad y Apostasia en la Ciudad de México... Edicto el 31 de Octubre de 1766, que ahora renovamos, prohibie
December, 1802. Large broadside, folio (420 x 300 mm). Restored prodessionally; closed marginal tear to right corner not affecting text, stain along right margin, worm holes touching a few letters, oxidation from writing on back, a little toned, restored, overall fine.- Interesting Decree by the Mexican inquisition forbidding a new dance called the Jarabe Gatuno and reinforcing the prohibition of the Chuchumbe -a colonial Mexico dancing first recorded in 1766, which invited the participants to touch bellies whilst dancing, presumably rooted in African dances, brought to America by slaves through Cuba and Mexico. Inquisitorial Decrees often forbid or regulated literature and customs, beliefs, etc., however it is not often when we see so clearly the interference with social expressions of identity. Son jarocho is an Afro-Mexican musical tradition from southern Veracruz with prominent African diasporic elements. Its first archival documentation was via a colonial edict in 1776 banning "El chuchumbé." The "lascivious" body movements associated with the dancing of "El chuchumbé" by communities "of broken color" was accompanied by lyrics that literally mocked colonial authorities. Similar to the dissemination of "El chuchumbé," the conga rhythm and dance transferred to Veracruz by way of Cuba. The transgressive performance of this music by mulatos and mestizos in Veracruz fueled indignation by Catholic institutional forces and led to the prohibition of sones like "El chuchumbé" and the conga. (Micaela Díaz-Sánchez & Alexandro D. Hernández 'The Son Jarocho as Afro-Mexican Resistan … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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