Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Simón BolívarTravels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 26 September 2021

The Liberator’s Sword

The Liberator’s Sword

The Most Precious Relic of the Bolivarian Revolution

(p.199) 11 The Liberator’s Sword
Simón Bolívar

Alejandro E. Gómez Pernia

University Press of Florida

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

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .