Dr. Cheryl P. Claassen to publish new book on 16th century religion in Mexico

Dr. Cheryl P. Claassen and her co-author, Dr. Laura Ammon (Department of Philosophy and Religion), will publish a new book on 16th century religion in Mexico with Cambridge University Press.

This book examines the religious history of both Spanish Catholicism and Aztecs and other central Mexican groups and then focuses on the 16th century amalgamation of these two sets of beliefs.  A lengthy essay pulls these elements together in rough detail.  It is followed by 135 keywords, each treated with details from 15th century Aztec, 15th century Catholic and 16th century New Spain beliefs and practices.  What comes across is a constant negotiation between native elites and Catholic missionaries.  Surprises are to be found in the use of natives to spread the gospel, the extent of the Catholic laboratory in New Spain in the wake of the Protestant Reformation and the lengths to which the missionaries and the Catholic church negotiated the natives' experience.

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Published: Mar 9, 2020 3:54pm