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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis$
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John Early

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040134

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040134.001.0001

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Biblical Reflections in Lacandón Migrant Communities

Biblical Reflections in Lacandón Migrant Communities

(p.216) 16 Biblical Reflections in Lacandón Migrant Communities
Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

John D. Early

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the contents of the Tzeltal catechism composed by the catechists of the Lacandón region in Chiapas. The catechism contains fifty lessons divided into three main themes. “The Plan of God from the Beginning” explains the kind of life God intended humans to live when they were created. “How We Live in Oppression” details how the oppressed Maya community in Chiapas is living in conditions contrary to this plan. “Faith, Hope and Charity” shows how these foundational virtues are necessary in the struggle to overcome the oppression that thwarts God's plan. To help focus the reflection, each lesson contains fifteen to forty statements for discussion derived from previous reflections with help from the bible about the significance of contemporary community conditions.

Keywords:   Tzeltal catechism, catechists, plan of God, biblical reflection

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