Sun God and the Savior Hardback

The Christianization of the Indians of Mexico

by Guy Stresser-pean;

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Sun God and the Savior

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The first English translation of Guy Stresser-Pean's tour-de-force presents two decades of fieldwork in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico, where native pre-Hispanic pagan beliefs blended with traditional Catholic evangelisation from the sixteenth century and the more recent intrusion of modernism. The Indians of the Sierra Norte de Puebla are deeply devoted to Christianity, but their devotion is seamlessly combined with pagan customs, resulting in a hybrid belief system that is not wholly indigenous, yet not wholly Christian.The syncretism practised here has led the Totonac and Nahua people to identify Christ with the Sun God, a belief expressed symbolically in ritual practices such as the Dance of the Voladores. Spanning the four centuries from the earliest systematic campaign against Nahua ritual practices - Zumarraga's idolatry trials of 1536-1540 - to the twentieth century, Stresser-Pean contextualises Nahua and Totonac ritual practices as a series of responses to Christian evangelisation and the social reproduction of traditional ritual practices. "The Sun God and the Savior" is a monumental work on the ethnographic and historical knowledge of the peoples of the Sierra Norte.Included with the book is a DVD containing a documentary film - in English - made by Stresser-Pean in the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

Sun God and the Savior by Guy Stresser-pean was published by University Press of Colorado in May 2009. The ISBN for Sun God and the Savior is 9780870819322.

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Details for Sun God and the Savior

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado (May 2009)
Number of Pages627
Thickness43 mm
Height160 mm
Width235 mm
Product Code1237768
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