Jesuit manuscript found in Curitiba is exposed for the first time

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A manuscript attributed to the Jesuits found in 1703 in an ark of the Church of São Francisco de Curitiba, located in what is now João Cândido SquareHistoric Center of the Capital, will be on display at the Paranaense Museum (Mupa) from this Thursday (07), until May 8, 2022. It will be the first time that the manuscript will be exposed in Paraná.

Comprising a collection of recipes prepared by the Jesuits, the document will be available for viewing in the Lange de Morretes room from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance is free.

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On April 7, at 7 pm, Mupa promotes the roundtable “Jesuit medical form: the historical document under debate”. The historian and head of the Rare Works Section of the Fiocruz Manguinhos Library, Maria Claudia Santiago, and the historian Heloisa Meireles Gesteira will be present. The public will have the opportunity to know more details about the document through recent analysis, based on the recently published book “Medical Form: manuscript attributed to the Jesuits and found in an ark of the Church of São Francisco de Curitiba”.

To participate, it is not necessary to register in advance. Seats will be released from 18:30, on a first-come, first-served basis, until the venue is full.

During the period from April 8 to May 6, there is a visit mediated by the Mupa educators, including a trip to Praça João Cândido, which is in front of the museum, and is the place where the Jesuit medical form was found. The visit will bring technical and in-depth information about the document, the context of the time in which it was produced and recent research carried out by the Department of Archeology of the Museu Paranaense.

Collection of medicinal recipes

The constitution of medicine in the colonial context of Portuguese America took place, to a large extent, through cultural exchanges and appropriations of the historical subjects that made up the territory at that time: colonizers and colonized. The manuscript attributed to the Jesuits allows for a reflection on these movements, which concern not only the production and registration of knowledge, but also the occupation of space and the formation of imaginaries.

In the collection of medicinal recipes prepared by the Jesuits, each one brings the dose of the ingredients that compose it, methods of preparation, indications and ways of administering it. There are transcribed instructions for various diseases, such as smallpox, syphilis and tuberculosis, or even for discomforts that affected the inhabitants of the Colony at the time – such as heartburn, impotence, colic or toothache. The document, considered rare, is currently safeguarded at the Manguinhos Library – Icict/Fiocruz and is recognized by UNESCO in the Memory World program.

The activities and the exhibition are part of the general program of the Public Program “If you put your feet in the earth: relationships between humans and plants”, which continues with free activities and actions until May 2022 and seeks to reflect, through different cultural, artistic and scientific studies, the correlation between humanity and nature.

Conservation and restoration research

Maria Claudia Santiago is a historian and postgraduate in Preservation and Management of Cultural Heritage in Health Sciences. Since 2011, she has held the position of head of the Rare and Special Works Section of the Manguinhos / Icict / Fiocruz Library. She has experience in the areas of conservation and restoration of paper collections, management of bibliographic collections and security of collections. She is one of the organizers of the book “Medical Form: manuscript attributed to the Jesuits and found in an ark of the Church of São Francisco de Curitiba”, winning publication of the 6th ABEU Award in 2020, in the Life Sciences category.

Heloisa Meireles Gesteira holds a PhD in Social History from the Fluminense Federal University. She is currently a researcher at the Research and Archive Coordination of the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences; professor of the Post-Graduate Program in History UNIRIO/MAST; Coordinator of the Professional Master’s in Preservation of Science and Technology Collections.

He works in the area of ​​Social History of Science with an interest in studies on science and technology artifacts; history of astronomical ideas and practices in the Modern Period; studies on the relationship between knowledge and the process of conquest of the Americas (16th and 18th centuries); Circulation of plants and cultural exchanges. She is one of the organizers of the book “Medical Form: manuscript attributed to the Jesuits and found in an ark of the Church of São Francisco de Curitiba”, winning publication of the 6th ABEU Award in 2020, in the Life Sciences category.

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Roundtable “Jesuit medical form: the historical document under debate”

Thursday, April 7th at 7pm

Location: Paranaense Museum (Mupa)

To participate, it is not necessary to register in advance. Seats will be released from 18:30, on a first-come, first-served basis, until the venue is full.

Check out the manuscript on display at Mupa

From April 7th to May 8th. Sala Lange de Morretes, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm

Entrance is free

Mediated visit for scheduled groups “Jesuit medical form – dialogues between the historical document and the urban space”

From April 8th to May 6th, in the afternoon

Activity aimed at school audiences (elementary II and high school), university students and adults in general.

For scheduling and information about activities: educative.samp@secc.pr.gov.br or (41) 3304-3300 (Milena Aparecida Chaves or Roberta Horvarth)

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