Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru
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Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru

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Addressing problems of objectivity and authenticity, Sabine MacCormack reconstructs how Andean religion was understood by the Spanish in light of seventeenth-century European theological and philosophical movements, and by Andean writers trying to find in it antecedents to their new Christian faith.Addressing problems of objectivity and authenticity, Sabine MacCormack reco...more
Paperback, 508 pages
Published June 6th 1993 by Princeton University Press (first published November 1991)
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Noting that extant sources on Andean religion are all filtered through European perceptions, MacCormak attempts to understand how the Spaniards' ideas of religion and the world influenced their encounters with New World cultures, which in turn influenced relations between the two groups.

The books opens with a discussion of the ideas of Aristotle and Aquinas as understood in sixteenth-century Spain. Key is the concept of phantasm, mental images formed by imagination based on observations from th...more
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