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Ramon A. Gutierrez

“When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away”
Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846

I recommend reading the entire book and in this instance at least the entire chapter to best comprehend the emotions and mentality of the colonialists in those hard and trying times. This event is from
Chapter 6 “Honor and Virtue” and was of particular interest to me in that the principle, Francisco Montes Vigil was the father of my 8X Great Grandmother Maria De Las Nieves Montes Vigil born in 1688 in Mexico.

On a cold November night in 1726, Catharina de los Rios of Santa Fe lay sick in bed , feverish, delirious, her body totally covered with a pox-like rash. Fearing that death was near, and wishing to die with a clear conscience, she summoned Fray Francisco Romero, the local representative of the inquisition, to confess her sins and to denounce herself and her paramour, Francisco Montes Vigil, for the sins of heresy, blasphemy, and the desecration of sacred images. Catharina thought that her sickness was God's punishment for her desvergozada conducta, her shameless conduct. The priest arrived and Catharina recounted the following story. On several nights, some ten years earlier, she and Francisco had consumed large amounts of corn brandy and under its influence had undressed and engaged in the carnal act. At the point of ecstasy Francisco had blasphemed the name of the Almighty, uttering heretical words by shouting: “I am God and my pleasure is even better than if I were in heavenly glory.” The desecration of the sacred images occurred after coitus, when Francisco asked Catharina to remove the rosary and medals she wore around her neck and place them in her partes vergonzozas (shameful parts). Catharina had never confessed this deshonor (dishonor) because she feared reprisals from Francisco. He had told her that their acts were not a sin, and if she confessed them he would have her exiled from New Mexico. Fearing him, Catharina never complained until the day she thought eternity was at hand. 1
pg. 376 Chapter 6
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 Name:    Juan Mata Romero  Death Event Date:    27 Dec 1943 Event Place:   Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico Citing this Record: "New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB3-NR6 : 12 December 2014), Pabl...
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Juan Mata Romero b. 1855 son of Pablo Eufemio Romero                                     m. 9 Jan 1880 Maria Antonia Rivera b. 3 June 1862   Juan Mata and Maria Antonia may have been married in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Santa Cruz de La Canada, Santa Fe b...
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