“She Was What They Call a ‘Pepe’”: Kinship Practice and Incest Codes in Late Colonial Guatemala

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    Abstract

    Incest taboos have long been intriguing to anthropologists because they are apparently common to all human societies. The definition of incest in the Spanish American colonies was codified in law, but not all residents abided by such regulations. This article focuses on incestuous crime in late colonial Guatemala, a region that is underrepresented in incest literature. It shows how preoccupations with incest problematized aspects of kinship practice and discusses the ways colonial actors took advantage of kinship and incest during various crises in their lives. Overall, it demonstrates the power of incest codes to shape human interactions in colonial Guatemala.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)181-199
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Family History
    Volume44
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019

    Keywords

    • Gender
    • Incest
    • Kinship
    • Sexual violence
    • Sexuality

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