Event—Public Programming

Salt of the Santos: Toward a Religious History of Commodities

In colonial Mexico saint images served as patrons of a variety of communities and associations, including confraternities, mines, towns and cities, villages, churches, and domestic spaces. What did this model of territorial patronage mean for communities of salt producers and consumers? Using colonial litigation records this talk explores one way to incorporate sacred beings into the study of property, work, and the natural world.