Latin American Religions Histories and Documents in Context

ISBN-10: 081476732X

ISBN-13: 9780814767320

Edition: 2008

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Before Columbus, the Americas were populated by many indigenous cultures, with a great diversity of religions. After 1492, European governments and churches dominated religious life. While Roman Catholicism was the official religion, great religious hybridization occurred, mixing European, indigenous, and often African traditions into distinctly New World forms. Latin American Religions provides an introduction through documents to the historical development and contemporary expressions of religious life in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. A central feature of this text is its inclusion of both primary and secondary materials, including letters, sermons, journal entries, ritual manuals, and ancient sacred texts. These documents provide readers with direct access to the voices of adherents, enabling them to act as academic investigators, experiencing and interpreting the same texts on which historians draw. The documents are framed by substantive introductions which provide both historical context and theoretical insights for the study of these religions traditions and the ways in which they have developed over time. From the religious traditions of the Mayas and Aztecs and of the African diaspora, to official and popular Catholicism, to liberation theology, the rise of Pentecostalism, and emerging trends and new religious movements in Latin America, this new work offers a concise overview of this fascinating field.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Manuel A. V�squez, Associate Professor at the University of Florida is the author of The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity and co-author of Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas.

Acknowledgments
Introducing Religion in Latin America
Indigenous Religions
Documents
The Popul Vuh
The Florentine Codex
The Huarochiri Manuscript
The Watunna
Colonial Encounters
Documents
"Royal Ordinances on Pacification, 1573"
"Preface" to In Defense of the Indians
"An Account of the Idolatries, Superstitions and Abuses in General of the Natives of the Bishopric of Oaxaca"
"Marrano Religiosity in Hispanic America in the Seventeenth Century"
"Appeal Concerning the Priest"
Religions of the African Diaspora
Documents
"The Archbishop of Bahia Rules on Slave Evangelization and Aspects of Their Treatment"
"The Black Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary in Recife in the Eighteenth Century"
"Black Islam in Brazil"
The Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomble
Guia do Pai de Santo no Candomble
"The Consecration of Ocha: A Capsule Summary"
"Declarations from the Church of Lukumi, Miami"
Independence and Modernity
Documents
"The Guarani Missions-A Vanished Arcadia"
"The Guarani Missions-A Ruthless Exploitation of the Indians"
"About the Republic" and "Farewell"
The Testament of Father Cicero Romao Baptista
Ley de Patronato Eclesiastico de la Gran Colombia (1824)
Protestantism in Latin America
Documents
Gunnar Vingren, The Pioneer's Diary
"The Pentecostal 'Conquest' of Chile: Rudiments of a Better Understanding"
Followers of the New Faith: Cultural Change and the Rise of Protestantism in Brazil and Chile
"'Like a Veil to Cover Them': Women and the Pentecostal Movement in La Paz"
On the Life of Churches and the Ecumenical Movement in Latin America
Postconciliar Roman Catholicism
Documents
"Latin America Looks to Catholic Action for a Program of Social Reform"
The Church in the Present-Day Transformation of Latin America in the Light of the Council: The Medellin Conclusions
"Notes for a Theology of Liberation"
What is Base Ecclesial Community?
The Gospel in Solentiname
"Fourth Pastoral Letter: The Church's Mission amid the National Crisis" (August 1979)
Contemporary Religious Diversity and Change
Documents
"Descarrego"
Mormon Passage: A Missionary Chronicle
"Ritual, Ethnicity, and Religious Identity in the Muslim Communities in Brazil"
"Zen Buddhism in Brazil: Japanese or Brazilian?"
"The Rituals of Santo Daime"
Notes
Suggested Readings
Index
About the Editors
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