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Nahua and Maya CatholicismsTexts and Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan$
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Mark Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785280

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785280.001.0001

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Adam’s World Tree and Paul’s Idols1

Adam’s World Tree and Paul’s Idols1

(p.194) (p.195) CHAPTERS 6 Adam’s World Tree and Paul’s Idols1
Nahua and Maya Catholicisms

Mark Z. Christensen

Stanford University Press

This chapter employs a Nahua sermon on the conversion of Paul and a Maya manuscript relating the creation of Adam to demonstrate how unpublished, unofficial religious texts could offer and reflect unorthodox, culturally shaped versions of Catholicism. Both manuscripts represent the work of trained native assistants who modified the Christian message to meet their own needs. The chapter illustrates the impact Nahua and Maya cultures had on Catholicism. Finally, the chapter demonstrates the inability of ecclesiastic authorities to police the content of all religious texts.

Keywords:   Sermons, Nahua culture, Maya culture, manuscript, fiscales, maestros, unorthodoxy, Paul, Adam, Creation

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