- How did Catholic writers such as José de Acosta understand indigenous religions?
- What role did the Devil play in creating indigenous religious practices, in Acosta's view?
- Acosta, José de, Natural and Moral History of the Indies, trans. Frances López-Morillas, Duke University Press (Durham, 2002 ), book V.
Required Secondary Readings
Please read ONE of the following:
- MacCormack, Sabine, ‘Gods, Demons and Idols in the Andes’, Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 67:4 (2006) 623-647.
- MacCormack, Sabine, ‘The Limits of Understanding: Perceptions of Greco-Roman and Amerindian Paganism in Early Modern America’, in America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750, ed. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, 1995).
- MacCormack, Sabine, Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 1991), chapter 6: ‘The Mind of the Missionary: José de Acosta on Accommodation and Extirpation, circa 1590’.
- Baird, Ellen, ‘Sahagún and the Representation of History’, Sahagún at 500: Essays on the Quincentenary of the Birth of Fr. Bernardino de Sahagún, Academy of American Franciscan Historians (Berkeley, 2003).
- Barrera-Osorio, Antonio, Experiencing Nature: The Spanish American Empires and the Early Scientific Revolution, University of Texas Press (Austin, 2006), chapter 5.
- Brading David, Brading David, The First America: The Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots and the Liberal State, 1492-1867 Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1991).
- Cervantes, Fernando, The Devil in the New World: the Impact of Diabolism in New Spain, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1994)
- Clendinnen, Inga, Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatán, 1517-1570.
- Thomas Cummins, ‘To Serve Man: Pre-Columbian Art, Western Discourses of Idolatry, and Cannibalism’, RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, vol. 42 (2002),
- S Gruzinski, Painting the Conquest: The Mexian Indians and the European Renaissance (Paris 1992)
- Pagden, Anthony, European Encounters with the New World, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1993).
- Pardo, Osvaldo, The Origins of Mexican Catholicism: Nahua Rituals and Christian Sacraments in Sixteenth-Century Mexico, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, 2004).