Santa María de la Antigua: Prácticas y representaciones de un culto mariano entre Sevilla y el Darién
Santa María de la Antigua: The Practices and Representations of a Marian Cult from Sevilla to El Darién.
The cult of the Virgin of Antigua, which had its epicenter in Sevilla during the era of the Reconquista (the “Reconquest” of Spain from the Moors), spread across the planet along routes taken by conquerors and missionaries and continues to make its influence felt in our own day and age. The 1514 arrival of the fleet of Pedrarias de Ávila to the city of Santa María de la Antigua del Darién serves as this article’s point of departure, a lens through which to reflect on the production, circulation, and consumption of images related to this cult, whose religious and economic power derive from its magical-performative qualities. The essay explores this phenomenon’s importance in the process of the Europeans’ material and symbolic appropriation of the New World and its effects on the incipient construction of a colonial order.