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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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A Look Backward and Forward

A Look Backward and Forward

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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

John D. Early

University Press of Florida

This chapter briefly summarizes the findings of the two volumes of this research. Through all the phases of the 500 year Catholic-Maya interaction, the traditional Maya worldview has persisted in one form or another. The years of counterinsurgency marked by ethnic hatred has strengthened Maya identity. Many of the paths the Maya have turned to in recent years contain elements of the traditional worldview. The Catholic effort of inculturation has been the development of a Maya Christian theology and a Maya Catholic church with a married priesthood. The Vatican disapproval of these efforts indicates a growing cultural distance between the Maya and Catholicism. This study has implications for western-oriented religions as they come into daily contact with non-western religions in the global society.

Keywords:   persistent Maya worldview, Maya identity, Vatican disapproval, cultural distance, global society

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