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Author Vanderwood, Paul J.

Title The power of God against the guns of government : religious upheaval in Mexico at the turn of the nineteenth century / Paul J. Vanderwood.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [1998]


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Physical description xi, 409 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-403) and index.
Summary In the early 1890's, an armed rebellion fueled by religious fervor erupted over a wide area of northwestern Mexico. At the center of the outburst were a few hundred farmers from the village of Tomochic and a teenage folk saint named Teresa, who was ministering to thousands of people throughout the area. When the villagers proclaimed, "We will obey no one but God!," the Mexican government exiled "Santa Teresa" to the United States and trained its guns and bayonets on the farmers. A bloody confrontation ensued - God against government - that is still remembered in song, literature, films, and civic celebrations. After suffering several humiliating defeats by the faithful, more than a thousand army troops placed Tomochic under siege. Fighting was fierce, and as the military tightened the noose on its prey, an image of Santa Teresa was seen rising to glory into the heavens above the burning village.
In the minds of many, Tomochic has come to symbolize a people's unending search for justice. Santa Teresa, in her day internationally known for miraculous healings, is still invoked by Mexican communities to help cure their social ills.
Subject Urrea, Teresa.
Church and state -- Mexico -- Tomóchic.
Government, Resistance to -- Mexico -- Tomóchic -- History -- 19th century.
Tomóchic (Mexico) -- Church history -- 19th century.
Tomóchic (Mexico) -- Religion.
Tomóchic (Mexico) -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0804730385 (alk. paper)
0804730393 (paperback: alk. paper)