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- DescriptionGods of the Andes provides the first English translation of the earliest lengthy description of Inca religion, An Account of the Ancient Customs of the Natives of Peru (1594). The Account is part of a Jesuit tradition of ecumenical works on religion that encompasses the more famous writings of Matteo Ricci in China and Roberto de Nobili in India. It includes original descriptions of many different aspects of Inca religion, including human sacrifice, the use of hallucigens, mummification rituals, the existence of transgendered priests in the ancient Andes, divination rituals based on animal entrails, oracles, burials, and confession. In her introductory chapters, Sabine Hyland presents the controversial life of the ascribed author, Blas Valera, a Jesuit who was ultimately imprisoned and exiled by the Jesuits for his heretical belief that the Incas worshipped the same creator god the Christians did; examines the Account in the light of other colonial writings about the Incas; and outlines what we kw about Inca religion through other sources, comparing Valera s version to those of other writers.
- Author BiographySabine Hyland is Associate Professor of Anthropology at St. Norbert College.
- Author(s)Sabine Hyland
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication22/07/2011
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleLatin American Originals
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 6
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Notemaps
- Weight218 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine11 mm
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