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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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Voices from the Dust

Voices from the Dust

(p.212) (p.213) CHAPTERS 7 Voices from the Dust
Nahua and Maya Catholicisms

Mark Z. Christensen

Stanford University Press

This chapter uses Nahua and Maya last will and testaments to expose the similarities and differences in how natives experienced Catholicism upon dying. It examines the preambles of testaments and their religious content to better understand the roles of both the notary and testator in determining the posthumous care of the soul. Furthermore, the chapter demonstrates how Nahua testators had greater access to Catholic rituals and traditions upon dying than the Maya.

Keywords:   Last will and testament, preamble, notary, testator, soul, death

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