Det mexikanska Nya Jerusalem

Det mexikanska Nya Jerusalem

Genom åren har jag sysslat en hel del med katolsk traditionalism, speciellt i den spanskspråkiga världen. 2015 skrev jag en kort artikel om en traditionalistisk kommunitet, en “helig stad”, som ligger i provinsen Michoacán i Mexiko och benämns Nueva Jerusalén, Nya Jerusalem. Den har sin grund i en serie uppenbarelser av jungfru Maria och en rad andra helgon från 1973 och framåt. Kommuniteten har många gånger varit skådeplatsen för, ibland våldsamma, sammandrabbningar mellan olika schatteringar och grupper av personer som ledarna uppfattar som heterodoxa har drivits ut. Trots detta har inte polismyndigheten eller andra delar av det mexikanska samhället ingripit.

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Book reviews

Book reviews

During the years I have written quite a large number of scholarly book reviews (most of them in Swedish). Here is a list of  some them.

[Review of:] Joachim Östlund, Saltets pris: Svenska slavar i Nordafrika och handeln i Medelhavet 1650-1770, Signum 2015:4.

[Review of] John M Flannery, The Mission of the Portuguese Augustinians in Persia and Beyond (1602-1747), Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift 115 (2015).

[Review of:] Karl Offen & Terry Rugeley, The Awakeing Coast: An Anthology of Moravian Writings from Mosquita and Eastern Nicaragua, 1549-1899. Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift 115 (2015).

[Review of:] Ana Carolina Hosne, The Jesuit Missions to China and Peru, 1570-1610: Expectations and Appraisals of Expansionism. Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift 115 (2015)

[Review of]: Pamila Gupta, The Relic State: St. Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India. Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift 115 (2015).

[Review of]: Steven E. Turley, Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599. Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, 114 (2014).

[Review of]: Edward T. Brett, The New Orleans Sisters of the Holy Family: African American Missionaries to the Garifuna of Belize Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, 114 (2014).

[Review of]: Franklin Steven Jabini, Christianity in Suriname Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, 114 (2014).

[Review of:] Mónica Díaz, Indigenous Writings from the Convent: Negotiating Ethnic Autonomy in Colonial Mexico, Tucson 2011, Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, 112 (2012).

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Essäer

Essäer

Under ett antal år publicerade jag ganska regelbundet essäer i svenska dagstidningar, i synnerhet “understreckare” i Svenska Dagbladet. Här är några länkar till sådana artiklar.

En kvinnlig missionär tog sig an England”, Svenska Dagbladet, 15 juli 2010.

Luther en orm i Mexikos paradis”, Svenska Dagbladet, 26 augusti 2009.

Ett skepp kommer lastat med laster”, Svenska Dagbladet, 10 maj 2009.

Den hårda striden om Guds stad”, Svenska Dagbladet, 11 juni 2007.

Mayafolkets röster ekar i ny forskning”, Svenska Dagbladet, 16 augusti 2006.

Den heliga jungfrun en krigisk general”, Svenska Dagbladet, 3 november 2005.

Kan den rätte påven resa sig?”, Dagens Nyheter, 26 juli 2005

Här är två essäer som publicerades i tidskriften Signum

“Catarina de San Juáns andliga flygfärder”, Signum 2005:9

“Den palmarianska kyrkan”, Signum 2010:5

Archbishop Montúfar and Guadalupe

Archbishop Montúfar and Guadalupe

“The Archbishop and the Virgin: Alonso de Montúfar and the Early Cult of Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Magnus Lundberg 

Article published on-line in 2015 (but based on a chapter of my doctoral dissertation, defended in 2002).

In this article, I critically study a number of documented related to the cult of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Tepeyac during the mid-sixteenth century. It seeks to counteract the many bad scholarly contributions on Guadalupe, published in both theologically “conservative” and “radical”/”contextual” circles.

It is, of course, interesting to study how Guadalupe has been interepreted throughout the ages and what role she plays today, but to establish facts about the origin of a cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe, requires a very close assessment of the existing sources. There are so many farfetched interpretations of documents (and “silences”) that have been made into truths and even fabricated sources that support certain ideological views. Thus, a source critical study of a very traditional kind can do much good.

In the documents that without doubt can be dated to Alonso de Montúfar’s time as archbishop of Mexico (1554-1572), I have not found any foundation for the story about Juan Diego and Bishop Zumárraga that, at least since the 1640s, has been associated with the cult. Still, there are indication that at least an outline of story of about the miraculous origin of the image and the direct imprint of the Virgin on an indigenous man’s cloak, was known by the 1610s or 1620s (but that will be the subject of another article)

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