This paper compares and contrasts the religious beliefs and practices of native societies in the Andes and Mesoamerica after the establishment of colonialism.
# 49309 | 1,151 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Mar 02, 2004 in Anthropology (Cultural) , History (Religion) , Latin-American Studies (Spanish Conquest and Colonization, 1520-1820) , Religion and Theology (General)
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The paper focuses on the following questions: to what extent, and how, did pre-Conquest native religion survive into the seventeenth century; and to what extent, and how, was Christianity transformed in the process of being assimilated by native societies? The paper looks first at pre-Conquest religion in these societies in order to reinforce the comparisons with post-Conquest religious practices.
From the Paper:"The native populations of the Andes and Mesoamerica (the Incas and the Aztecs respectively) were very religious people, with their religion guiding the path of their lives on a daily, but also lifetime, basis. The Aztecs believed in polytheism, with a complex mix of many gods and goddesses; the cult of Huitzilopochtli followed the most important tribal god, and led to the creation of a tribal empire, that hosted daily human sacrifices, in order to pacify the gods and goddesses, and to maintain the Earth's equilibrium (Burkholder and Johnson, 2003)."
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