Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Juster, Susan, author

Title Sacred violence in early America / Susan Juster
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc., [2016]
Online access available from:
JSTOR eBooks    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 267 pages) : illustrations
Series Early American studies
Early American studies.
Contents Introduction -- Blood sacrifice -- Holy war -- Malediction -- Iconoclasm -- Conclusion
Summary "Sacred Violence in Early America offers a sweeping reinterpretation of the violence endemic to seventeenth-century English colonization by reexamining some of the key moments of cultural and religious encounter in North America. Susan Juster explores different forms of sacred violence--blood sacrifice, holy war, malediction, and iconoclasm--to uncover how European traditions of ritual violence developed during the wars of the Reformation were introduced and ultimately transformed in the New World. Juster's central argument concerns the rethinking of the relationship between the material and the spiritual worlds that began with the Reformation and reached perhaps its fullest expression on the margins of empire. The Reformation transformed the Christian landscape from an environment rich in sounds, smells, images, and tactile encounters, both divine and human, to an austere space of scriptural contemplation and prayer. When English colonists encountered the gods and rituals of the New World, they were forced to confront the unresolved tensions between the material and spiritual within their own religious practice. Accounts of native cannibalism, for instance, prompted uneasy comparisons with the ongoing debate among Reformers about whether Christ was bodily present in the communion wafer."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Print version record
Subject Punishment -- America -- Religious aspects -- History -- 17th century.
Violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Violence -- North America -- Religious aspects -- History -- 17th century.
Exposure to Violence -- history.
Punishment -- history.
Religion and Psychology.
Violence -- history.
North America -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
United States -- Religion -- To 1800.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0812292820 (electronic bk.)
9780812292824 (electronic bk.)