Un Camino Puraficativo: Negación Sanjuanina y Desengaño en El Pastor de Nochebuena de Juan de Palafox y Mendoza
In 1643, Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, bishop of Puebla, Mexico, composed the allegory El Pastor de Nochebuena: Práctica breve de las virtudes, conocimiento fácil de los vicios in which he defines the characteristics of both virtue and vice. Within the text, the didactic path of Palafox’s allegorical Pastor clarifies the natures of vice and virtue to allow for the attainment of spiritual purity, both for the Pastor and the reader. In this thesis, I consider the way in which Palafox models the rejection of vice after the ascetic aspects of Saint John of the Cross’s Subida del Monte Carmelo (1584), as well as his subsequent deviation from this model to maintain a practical and ascetic nature. In the end, we will see how Palafox’s usage of desengaño , a term I will define, structures the practical essence of his text and offers a practical means to purity for his congregation.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:palafox y mendoza juan de 1600 1659 – criticism and interpretation colonial latin american sprirituality
Date of Publication:01/01/2003