Revista Gerencia y Políticas de Salud
Print version ISSN 1657-7027
CARDONA SALDARRIAGA, Álvaro and SIERRA VARELA, Raquel. Public Health and the Prohibition of Burials in the Churches of New Granada at the End of the XVIII Century. Rev. Gerenc. Polit. Salud [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.14, pp. 54-72. ISSN 1657-7027.
Objective: To analyze the context of the decisions by the Spanish Colonial State in New Granada at the end of the 18th century, to address sanitary problems attributed to the burial of corpses in sacred places. Methodology: This is a historical study based on official documents from the colonial government. Results: the decisions against burials in sacred places were framed by scientific-political ideals from European Illustration, and illustrate a significant level of systematization. Conclusions: The predominant ideals in Europe during the final decades of the XVIII century, constituted the matrix in which the way of thinking and organizational structures were generated in our country to act with a certain rigor in regards to the population’s health. Future research should specify the mediation between European thought and our autochthonous culture.
Keywords : Public Health; History; Funeral Practices; Funeral Rites; Corps; XVIII Century History; New Granada; Public Health; History; Colombia; XVIII Century; Funeral Practice; Funeral Rites.