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Archangels of the Andes

Moira F. Harris

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean, 2005, Berg Fashion Library

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Scholars have written that Spain conquered Tahuantinsuyu (the Inca Empire) with the sword and cross, but art (and fashion) were not far behind. The mendicant friars who followed Francisco Pizarro and his men to South America were charged with converting to Christianity any indigenous people they met. The tenets of their faith were simpler to explain with images than words. In the last session of the Council of Trent in 1563, bishops had been advised to “retain sacred images in the temples and ins

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