Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews

Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews

By: David M. Gitlitz (author)Paperback

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This book documents the religious customs of the crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In coping with clandestineness, crypto-Jews rapidly evolved their own idiosyncratic religion. Its Jewish core was quickly replaced with concepts and practices from the surrounding Catholic culture covered by a veneer of Jewish theology. Included in this award-winning volume are examinations of crypto-Jewish beliefs, superstitions, birth customs, education, marriage and sex, holidays, dietary laws, conversions, and death and burial practices. This is a comprehensive account of the customs of these secret Jews.

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David M Gitlitz

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  • ISBN13: 9780826328137
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 677
  • ID: 9780826328137
  • ISBN10: 082632813X

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