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Catechizing Culture : Missionaries, Aymara, and the

Catechizing Culture

Missionaries, Aymara, and the "New Evangelization"

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780231130691
Number Of Pages: 376
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Nearly five centuries after the first wave of Catholic missionaries arrived in the New World to spread their Christian message, contemporary religious workers in the Bolivian highlands have begun to encourage Aymara Indians to return to traditional ritual practices. All but eradicated after hundreds of years of missionization, the "old ways" are now viewed as local cultural expressions of Christian values. In order to become more Christian, the Aymara must now become more Indian.

This groundbreaking study of the contemporary encounter between Catholic missionaries and Aymara Indians is the first ethnography to focus both on the evangelizers and the evangelized. Andrew Orta explores the pastoral shift away from liberation theology that dominated Latin American missionization up until the mid-1980s to the recent "theology of inculturation," which upholds the beliefs and practices of a supposedly pristine Aymara culture as indigenous expressions of a more universal Christianity. Addressing essential questions in cultural anthropology, religious studies, postcolonial studies, and globalization studies, "Catechizing Culture" is a sophisticated documentation of the widespread shift from the politics of class to the politics of ethnicity and multiculturalism.

"A detailed and encompassing discussion." -- Emma Cervone, Current Anthropology

Introduction : converting differencep. 1
Andean locality revisitedp. 27
Missionary modernity in the postwar Andesp. 73
Local missions, global altersp. 101
Syncretic subjects : the politics of personhoodp. 147
Alejandro's house : the porous production of localityp. 182
Seductive strangers and saturated symbolsp. 231
Burying the pastp. 267
Conclusion : locating the futurep. 299
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ISBN: 9780231130691
ISBN-10: 0231130694
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5