The spider woman rules no more? The transformation and resilience of Aztec female roles
Contributor(s)Rogers, Rhianna C.
Florida Atlantic University (Degree grantor)
Cruz-Taura, Graciella (Thesis advisor)
Aztec women--Social life and customs
Aztec women--Cross-cultural studies
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AbstractArchival documents have shown Spain's attempts at Christianizing the Aztecs and illustrated Spanish justifications for the destruction of traditional Aztec beliefs and gender roles. Analyzing these documents, it becomes apparent that female roles were transformed along the lines of Spanish and Christian ideologies of a proper woman. An examination of the initial nature of Aztec-Spanish relations, with a specific emphasis on the religiosity and mentalities of both the conquered and the conquerors, provides a direct correlation between transformation of native women's social status and initial contacts with European patriarchal customs. Focusing on the reciprocating system of duality existing between men and women in Aztec life and religion, Spain's persistence at adopting a patriarchal structure for all indigenous peoples, the andocentric mentality of Christianity, and the resilience of native women's roles in the post-Conquest era, this thesis illustrates the various factors contributing to the transformation and preservation of Aztec female roles.
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2004.