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Manzanares, 1600: Moriscos From Granada Organize A Festival Of Moors And Christians

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Unlike Moors and Christians festivals, the zuiza does not commemorate the establishment and legitimacy of Christian hegemony on the Peninsula, but simply takes advantage, in an improvised way, of the opportunity created by the presence of a group of newcomers associated in the popular imagination with a glorious and exotic past. But it takes advantage of their presence for the purpose of constructing something for the future, a gilded altarpiece that will remain in the church as a testimony to this new group's contribution to the common good, thus converting their cultural difference into an additional resource. This chapter sketches an interpretation of these contrasts between the zuiza in Manzanares and the later development of the Moors and Christians tradition. This interpretation allows us to begin to see in popular maurophilia the possibility of constructing a cultural identity that could have integrated the Moriscos, rather than excluding them.

Keywords: Christian hegemony; Christians festivals; Manzanares; maurophilia; Moors; Moriscos; zuiza



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