Sunday, December 18, 2005

December 19, 1681

Josephe, a Spanish-speaking Indian, testified after the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico:

[W]hile [Popé and his followers] were besieging the villa the rebellious traitors burned the church and shouted in loud voices, 'Now the God of the Spaniards, who was their father, is dead, and Santa Maria, who was their mother, and the saints, who were pieces of rotten wood,' saying that only their own god lived. Thus they ordered all the temples and images, crosses and rosaries burned, and this function being over, they all went to bathe in the rivers, saying that they thereby washed away the water of baptism.

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