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Simón BolívarTravels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon$
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Maureen G. Shanahan and Ana María Reyes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062624

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062624.001.0001

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The Liberator’s Sword

The Liberator’s Sword

The Most Precious Relic of the Bolivarian Revolution

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(p.199) 11 The Liberator’s Sword
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Simón Bolívar
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Alejandro E. Gómez Pernia

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062624.003.0012

Alejandro Gomez Pernia analyzes the ways through which the swords of Simón Bolívar emerged as symbols of national and regional identity in the Venezuelan political imagination since the late nineteenth century, and more recently, in the ideology of the Bolívarian Movement in Venezuela leaded by Hugo Chávez. It explores these issues in the light of a long ideological tradition of hero worship established by the historiography of the country, defined by Germán Carrera Damas as the “cult of Bolívar,” and understood by the Bolívarian revolutionaries of the present as a champion of the people. It also studies how subversive left movements in Colombia incorporated that representation of the Libertador into their ideologies assuming his swords as a symbol of resistance since the 1970s.

Keywords:   Relic, Hero, Simón Bolívar, Hugo Chávez, Cult of Bolívar

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