Drawing on anthropology, religious studies, history, and literary
theory, Plagues, Priests, and Demons explores significant parallels
in the rise of Christianity in the late Roman empire and colonial
Mexico. Evidence shows that new forms of infectious disease
devastated the late Roman empire and Indian America, respectively,
contributing to pagan and Indian interest in Christianity.
Christian clerics and monks in early medieval Europe, and later
Jesuit missionaries in colonial Mexico, introduced new beliefs and
practices as well as accommodated indigenous religions, especially
through the cult of the saints. The book is simultaneously a
comparative study of early Christian and later Spanish missionary
texts. Similarities in the two literatures are attributed to
similar cultural-historical forces that governed the 'rise of
Christianity' in Europe and the Americas.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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Daniel T. Reff
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