The Devil in the New World: The Impact of Diabolism in New Spain [Hardcover]

By: Dr. Fernando Cervantes

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Blue dot sticker on endpaper. Previous owner's embossed stamp on title page. Inside pages clean and binding is tight. Despite the extensive modern literature on the evangelization of the New World, the devil has received little attention. Yet until the end of the eighteenth century, missionaries themselves saw diabolism as the root of the Amerindian belief system and as the principal reason for their own failure to establish a church purged of Satan and pagan superstition. This book explores the nature of diabolism and describes how it occupied a central place in assessments of all non-Christian religious systems, as well as in the bitter fight to subdue them. In illuminating a neglected aspect of the European encounter with America, Cervantes sets the full history of the 'spiritual conquest' in a rich and original context. He shows how native Americans themselves received and re-interpreted the view of Christianity presented to them; how they refused to see the world as the missionaries saw it.

Title: The Devil in the New World: The Impact of Diabolism in New Spain [Hardcover]

Author Name: Dr. Fernando Cervantes

Categories: History, Ancient Studies,

Publisher: Yale University Press: 1994-07-27

ISBN: 0300059752

ISBN 13: 9780300059755

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 7-2-26

Keywords: diabolism, Spain, Devil, New World, ancient religion,