Martínez González, Antonio (2015). Religión y sociedad en la Granada cristiana: la Cruz de Mayo. In: La voz del pueblo en el espacio cultural europeo: El pueblo y su identidad, pp. 34-46. Universität zu Köln, Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika.


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The celebration of the Cruz of May – based on a fact for which tradition and the Legendi di Sancti Vulgari Storiado (Jacopo da Varazze, circa 1264) were possibly more relevant than history itself and extended by the ecclesiastical authority as a means of increasing faith – was accepted by people and was transformed into a social feast and an expression for local or social identity, which lead to peculiar rivalries amongst neighborhoods or streets. They had the aim to hold the best Cruz, leaving aside the feasts initial religious character. If the cross was, until the death of Christ, an instrument of martyrdom holding negative connotations (death, infamy, barbarism, etc.), it eventually transformed into a symbol of Christianity, a sign of triumph and everything related to Christ, and subsequently into a source of celebration and social festivity.

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EditorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Wentzlaff-Eggebert, Christianmail-aspla(at)uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Traine, Martínmail-aspla(at)uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Corporate Creators: Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-67944
Title of Book: La voz del pueblo en el espacio cultural europeo: El pueblo y su identidad
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Kölner Beiträge zur Lateinamerika-Forschung
Volume: 14
Page Range: pp. 34-46
Date: 2015
Publisher: Universität zu Köln, Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika
ISSN: 1438-6887
Language: Spanish
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Zentrum für Lateinamerika
Subjects: Christian theology
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Geography and history
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Cristianismo español, fiestas religiosas populares, Edad MediaSpanish
Spanish Christianity, religious popular festivities, Middle AgesEnglish
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Refereed: No


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