Sacred Dialogues, 2nd Ed.

Christianity and Native Religions in the Colonial Americas, 1492-1700

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Nicholas Griffiths
    , August
     630 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


A Spanish conquistador who posed as a sorcerer and cured native Americans as he trekked across an unknown wilderness; a French Jesuit who conjured rain clouds in order to impress his indigenous flock with the potency of Christian magic; a Puritan minister who healed a native chief in order to win him for God; a Mexican noble who was burned at the stake for resisting the gentle Franciscan friars; an Andean chief who was haunted by nightmares in which his native gods did battle with the Christian Father; a Huron magician who vied with French missionaries over spirits of the night in a shaking tent ceremony. These are a few of the individuals whose struggles are brought to life in the pages of this book. Their experiences, among others, reveal what happened when Christianity came into contact with Native American religions in three distinct regions of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century colonial America: Spanish, French and British.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nicholas Griffiths was lecturer and senior lecturer at the department of Hispanic Studies/Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, UK, between 1992 and 2016. He has published books and articles on the history of Spain and Spanish America.


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