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Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Texts and Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan

Mark Christensen


This book examines ecclesiastical texts written in Nahuatl and Yucatec Maya to illustrate their role in conveying and reflecting various Catholic messages—and thus Catholicisms—throughout colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan. It demonstrates how published and unpublished sermons, confessional manuals, catechisms, and other religious texts betray “official” and “unofficial” versions of Catholicism, and how these versions changed throughout the colonial period according to indigenous culture, local situations, and broader early modern events. The book’s study of these texts also allows for a bett ... More

Keywords: Nahua/Aztec, Maya, Catholicism, religion, religious texts, conversion, Mexico, Yucatan, evangelization, Nahuatl

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785280
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Christensen, author