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To a significant extent, local Hispano acceptance reflects the traditional mode of asserting overvalued, white ancestral descent in the multiracial Spanish-Americas, where, as Raphael Patai wrote in his article "The Jewish Indians of Mexico," "Spanish [white] descent, even Spanish Jewish descent, means a step up on the social scale." At the same time, widespread Jewish acceptance seems to reflect a beleaguered peoples' need to believe itself indomitable, as evidenced by a miraculous crypto-Jewish survival.