The Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of by Robert M. Carmack,Garry Sparks

By Robert M. Carmack,Garry Sparks

The Theologia Indorum via Dominican friar Domingo de Vico was once the 1st Christian theology written within the Americas. Made on hand in English translation for the 1st time, Americas' First Theologies offers a variety of exemplary sections from the Theologia Indorum that illustrate Friar Vico's doctrine of god, cosmogony, ethical anthropology, realizing of common legislations and biblical historical past, and optimistic engagement with pre-Hispanic Maya faith. instead of only condemn the Maya faith, Vico appropriated neighborhood phrases and photographs from Maya mythology and rituals that he idea might express Christianity. His try out at translating, if now not reconfiguring, Christianity for a Maya readership required his mastery of not just a number of Mayan languages but in addition the hugely poetic ceremonial rhetoric of many indigenous Mesoamerican peoples.

This booklet additionally comprises translations of 2 different pastoral texts (parts of a songbook and a catechism) and 8 early records by way of K'iche' and Kaqchikel Maya authors who engaged the Theologia Indorum. those texts, written in Highland Mayan languages either by way of fellow Dominicans and by means of Highland Maya elites show the broader impact of Vico's ethnographic strategy shared via a specific university of Dominicans. Altogether, The Americas' First Theologies presents a wealthy documentary case instance of the interpretation, reception, and response to Christian suggestion within the indigenous Americas

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