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Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion (Garry Sparks) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2017) 9780190678302
Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion (Garry Sparks) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2017) 9780190678302
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Title: Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion

Author: Sparks, Garry

Additional Authors or Contributors: Sergio Romero, Frauke Sachse (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780190678302

Volumes: 1; Pages: 344

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The Theologia Indorum by Dominican friar Domingo de Vico was the first Christian theology written in the Americas. Made available in English translation for the first time, Americas' First Theologies presents a selection of exemplary sections from the Theologia Indorum that illustrate Friar Vico's doctrine of god, cosmogony, moral anthropology, understanding of natural law and biblical history, and constructive engagement with pre-Hispanic Maya religion. Rather than merely condemn the Maya religion, Vico appropriated local terms and images from Maya mythology and rituals that he thought could convey Christianity. His attempt at translating, if not reconfiguring, Christianity for a Maya readership required his mastery of not only numerous Mayan languages but also the highly poetic ceremonial rhetoric of many indigenous Mesoamerican peoples.

This book also includes translations of two other pastoral texts (parts of a songbook and a catechism) and eight early documents by K'iche' and Kaqchikel Maya authors who engaged the Theologia Indorum. These texts, written in Highland Mayan languages both by fellow Dominicans and by Highland Maya elites demonstrate the wider influence of Vico's ethnographic approach shared by a particular school of Dominicans. Altogether, The Americas' First Theologies provides a rich documentary case example of the translation, reception, and reaction to Christian thought in the indigenous Americas.

Table of Contents

Forward by Robert M. Carmack

Introduction

Chapter One: Domingo de Vico's "Theology 'for' or 'of' the Indians"

Vico's Theologia Indorum (1553 and 1554)

Chapter Two: Other Dominican Lessons in Highland Mayan Languages - Spoken and Sung

Coplas of Friar Luis de C�ncer, O.P.

Doctrina christiana en lengua quich� by Friar Dami�n Delgado, O.P.

Chapter Three: Highland Maya Theological Production

Popol Wuj (ca.1554-ca.1558), folio 1 recto

Title of Totonicap�n (ca.1554), folios 1-7

Xpantzay Cartulary I (ca.1552)

Title of the Tamub' I (1580)

Title of Santa Clara La Laguna (1583)

Title of the Tamub' III (1592)

Title of the Ilokab' (ca.1592)

Xpantzay Cartulary VI (ca.1658)

Another Colophon

Contributors

Bibliography

Index

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