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Amos Megged, Chair, Ph.D. (1988), University of Cambridge, is a Senior Lecturer in General History at University of Haifa, Israel. He was an editorial board member of Colonial Latin American Historical Review. His present research deals with the restructuring of memory among indigenous peoples in the Valley of Mexico, c. 1530-1590. He has written articles on the social, cultural and religious facets of early-colonial Mesoamerica. His recent publications include:

    • Comparative Studies in Mesoamerican Systems of Remembrance. University of Oklahoma Press. Edited with Stephanie Wood (2009) [in press ]
    • Social Memory in Ancient and Colonial Mesoamerica. Publicaciones de la Casa Chata, CIESAS, Cambridge University Press (2009) [in press ]

Before the Spanish Conquest and well into the eighteenth century, Mesoamerican peoples believed that “time” and “space” were contained in earthly and heavenly receptacles that were visualized metaphorically. This circumscribed space contained the abodes of the dead. There, deities and ancestral spirits could be revived and the living could communicate with them. In Social Memory in Ancient and Colonial Mesoamerica, Amos Megged uncovers the missing links in Mesoamerican peoples’ quest for their collective past. Analyzing ancient repositories of knowledge, as well as social and religious practices, he uncovers the unique procedures and formulas by which social memory was communicated and how it operated in Mesoamerica prior to the Spanish conquest. He also explores how cherished and revived practices evolved, how they were adapted to changing circumstances, and how they helped various ethnic groups cope with the tribulations of colonization and Christianization. Megged’s volume also suggests how social and cultural historians, ethnohistorians, and anthropologists can rethink indigenous representations of the past while taking into account the deep transformations in Mexican society during the colonial era.

    • Cambio y persistencia: La religi?n ind?gena en Chiapas, 1521-1680, M?xico, CIESAS (2008)
    • The social significance of benevolent and malevolent gifts among single cast women in mid-seventeenth-century New Spain. Journal of Family History, Vol. 24, No. 4, 420-440 (1999)
    • Exporting the Catholic Reformation: Local Religion in Early-Colonial Mexico. Series: Cultures, Beliefs, and Traditions. Medieval and Early Modern Peoples, vol. 2, New York, Brill (1996)

Online References


Accommodation and Resistance of Elites in Transition: The Case of Chiapa in Early Colonial Mesoamerica

The Religious Context of an" Unholy Marriage": Elite Alienation and Popular Unrest in the Indigenous Communities of Chiapa, 1570-1680

Magic, popular medicine and gender in seventeenth-century Mexico: the case of Isabel de Montoya


Social Memory in Ancient and Colonial Mesoamerica - Cambridge University Press

Exporting the Catholic Reformation: local religion in early-colonial Mexico

Conversion and Identity in Early Colonial Perspectives: Friars and Indians in Mesoamerica, 1545-1679

Impunidad y derechos humanos en Am?rica Latina: Perspectivas te?ricas

"Right from the Heart": Indians ' Idolatry in Mendicant Preachings in Sixteenth-Century Mesoamerica

The Rise of Creole Identity in Early Colonial Guatemala: Differential Patterns in Town and Countryside

The Social Significance of Benevolent and Malevolent Gifts among Single Caste Women in Mid-Seventeenth-Century New Spain

"Communities of Memory" in the Valley of Toluca: The Town of Metepec , 1476-1643


Power and Memory: Indigenous Narratives of Past and Present in the Valley of Matalcingo, Mexico)

Impunidad y derechos humanos. Perspectivas te?ricas

"Revalorando" las Luces en el mundo hispano: la primera y ?nica librer?a de Agust?n Dherv? a mediados del siglo XVIII en la ciudad de M?xico

Le contexte religieux d'un mariage profane : Ali?nation de l'?lite et agitation populaire dans les communaut?s autochtones du Chiapa, 1570-1680. CAT.INIST Institute for Scientific and Technical Information – France

Exporting the Catholic Reformation: Local Religion in Early-Colonial Mexico. At BRILL