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Law Enacted in 1863


Beezley, William H. Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico. Lincoln: Nebraska Press, 1987.

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Beginning in colonial Mexico, likenesses of Judas were burned by inhabitants for unknown reasons. Whether is was in imitation of burning dead heretics in effigy as was done in the Inquisition, or a remnant of pagan celebrations such as the Roman Saturnalia, the Judas burnings took hold in Mexican society. By the 1800s, these celebrations had become more of a carnival than a religious festival. The Judas figures transformed into likenesses of powerful leaders in Mexican society that the lower classes wished to poke fun at. The celebrations became so raucus that in the mid 19th century, political leaders wished to take action restricting the event.

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