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Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize$
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Elizabeth Graham

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036663

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036663.001.0001

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Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Elizabeth Graham

University Press of Florida

Terms commonly used in research on conquest and conversion are examined in this chapter, among them: “Maya,” “Spaniard,” “religion,” “conversion,” “Christianity,” “cult,” “idols,” “devils,” and “demons.” How change can be catalyzed and configured at the level of the individual is considered, with an example provided from medieval Italy. Beliefs and the idea of traditional religion are also discussed.

Keywords:   religion, cult, idol, devil, demon, conversion, belief, tradition

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