from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Government by people considered to be holy, such as priests or saints. Also called hagiocracy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sacred government run by holy people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sacred government; government by holy orders of men.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sacred or sacerdotal government; government by the priests or clergy.
Thus the gods and goddesses involved with water and corn were vital among the hagiarchy and the tribute to them was a lively and colorful celebration of the music, dance and products of the people.
Then with the separation of Mexico and the other American colonies from Spain a more marked change was brought about in that direct communication was established with the mother country, and the absolutism of the hagiarchy first questioned by the numbers of
a hagiarchy that had its face toward the past and either could not or would not move with the current of the times.