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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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Presentation and Maya Reception of the Tridentine Worldview

Presentation and Maya Reception of the Tridentine Worldview

(p.99) 8 Presentation and Maya Reception of the Tridentine Worldview
Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

John D. Early

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents case histories of different styles of re-entry used by various priests and catechists in their attempt to establish Tridentine Catholicism. In some communities little or no immediate effort was made to denounce the traditional Maya theology. But a breaking point would usually come in disputes over sacred objects. In other communities, there was immediate denunciation of the traditional theology often resulting in violence. The history of some communities involved both types. In either case, initially the Tridentine catechesis was often misunderstood as a revitalization of the traditional religion by the addition of stronger gods. Later it was understood as a different religious system that freed the Maya from two internal factors that had led to their crisis, abuse of alcohol and the heavy financial burden of the traditional rituals. At the Xicotepec conference, Maya catechists denounced the actions of many ladino priests.

Keywords:   Tridentine catechesis, styles of evangelization, religious conflict, revitalization, Xicotepec conference

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