Michoacán and Eden

Michoacán and Eden

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Don Vasco de Quiroga (1470-1565) was the first bishop of MichoacAin in Western Mexico. Driven by the desire to convert the native PurhAcpecha-Chichimec peoples to a purified form of Christianity, free of the corruptions of European Catholicism, he sought to establish New World Edens in MichoacAin by congregating the people into pueblo-hospital communities, where mendicant friars could more easily teach them the fundamental beliefs of Christianity and the values of Spanish culture. In this broadly synthetic study, Bernardino VerAistique explores Vasco de Quiroga's evangelizing project in its full cultural and historical context. He begins by recreating the complex and not wholly incompatible worldviews of the PurhAcpecha and the Spaniards at the time of their first encounter in 1521. With Quiroga as a focal point, VerAistique then traces the uneasy process of assimilation and resistance that occurred on both sides as the Spaniards established political and religious dominance in MichoacAin. He describes the syncretisms, or fusions, between Christianity and indigenous beliefs and practices that arose among the PurhAcpecha and relates these to similar developments in other regions of Mexico. Written especially for students and general readers, this book demonstrates how cultural and geographical environments influence religious experience, while it adds to our understanding of the process of indigenous appropriation of Christian theological concepts in the New World.See also mendicants Diego, Juan, 171 diocese, 93 doctrina, 122, 125 Doctrina cristiana, 134 dogs, 154 Dominicans, 77, 79, 106, 1 14. ... 6, 24, 154, 157 El Openo, 4 Enchiridion militis cristiani (Manual of a Christian Knight), 63-64 encomendero, 81, 97, 150; defined, 85, 153. ... See also Gante, Pedro de; Motolin1a, Toribio de; Sahagun, Bernardino de; Zuma- rraga, Juan de Francis of Assisi, Saint, 100anbsp;...

Title:Michoacán and Eden
Author: Bernardino Verástique
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-01-01

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