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The Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion

edited and translated by Garry Sparks with Frauke Sachse and Sergio Romero ; foreword by Robert M. Carmack
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Language
In English, K'iche' Maya transliteration and English translation from the K'iche' Maya
Made available in English translation from the sixteenth-century K'iche' Maya for the first time, this book presents a selection of exemplary sections of Vico's theological tome that illustrate Vico's doctrine of god, cosmogony, moral anthropology, understanding of natural law and biblical history, and constructive engagement with pre-Hispanic Maya religion
Series
American Academy of Religion Religion in Tranlsation
AAR Religion in Translation
ISBN
9780190678302, 0190678305, 9780190678319, 0190678313, 9780190678326, 0190678321
Contents
  • Forward / Robert M. Carmack
  • Domingo de Vico's "Theology 'for' or 'of' the Indians"
  • Theologia Indorum (1553 and 1554) / Domingo de Vico
  • Other Dominican lessons in highland Mayan languages, spoken and sung
  • Coplas / Friar Luis de Cancer, O. P.
  • Doctrina christiana en lengua Quiche / Friar Damian
  • Highland Maya theological roduction
  • Popol Wuj (ca.1554-ca.1558), folio 1 recto
  • Title of Totonicapan (ca.1554), folios 1-7
  • Xpantzay Cartulary I (ca.1552)
  • Title of the Tamub I. (1580), folio 1
  • Title of Santa Clara La Laguna (1583)
  • Title of the Tamub's III (1592)
  • Title of the Ilokab' (ca.1592)
  • Xpantzay Cartulary VI (ca.1658).
Description
xv, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Notes
  • Contains facsimiles of original document, along with trancriptions in quiché and corresponding translations into Englis
  • The Theologia Indorum by Dominican friar Domingo de Vico was the first explicit Christian theology written in the Americas and remains the longest text in any indigenous American language. While its impact never left the region of the Guatemalan highlands its immediate readers, namely the Highland Maya, engaged it as they began to write some of the first post-contact indigenous American literature.Rather than merely condemn the Maya religion, Vico appropriated local terms and images from Maya mythology and ritual that he thought could convey Christianity. Furthermore, his attempt at translating, if not reconfiguring, Christianity for a Maya readership entailed his mastery of not only numerous Mayan languages but also the highly poetic ceremonial rhetoric of many indigenous Mesoamerican peoples. This book also includes for the first time in English two other pastoral texts, parts of a songbook and a catechism, also originally written in Highland Mayan languages by fellow Dominicans, which show the wider influence of Vico's ethnographic approach shared by a particular school of Dominicans.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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