By William F. Hanks

This pathbreaking synthesis of historical past, anthropology, and linguistics offers an exceptional view of the 1st 200 years of the Spanish colonization of the Yucatec Maya. Drawing on a rare variety and intensity of resources, William F. Hanks files for the 1st time the an important position performed by way of language in cultural conquest: how colonial Mayan emerged within the age of the pass, the way it was once taken up by way of local writers to develop into the language of indigenous literature, and the way it eventually turned the language of uprising opposed to the method that produced it. Converting phrases includes unique analyses of the linguistic practices of either missionaries and Mayas-as present in bilingual dictionaries, grammars, catechisms, land files, local chronicles, petitions, and the forbidden Maya Books of Chilam Balam. Lucidly written and vividly distinctive, this significant paintings provides a brand new method of the learn of non secular and cultural conversion that might light up the background of Latin the US and past, and should be crucial examining throughout disciplinary boundaries.

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This is indicative of the salience of Post-Classic history in the colonial discourse. Even those Spaniards who belittled the Maya in certain contexts were well aware that they had a long and complicated history. Most of the leading missionary Perpetual Reducción in a Land of Frontiers 27 Isla Cerritos Emal Ekab N El Meco Komchen T’ho GULF OF ME XICO Dzibilchaltun Ake Acanceh Chunchucmil Chichen Itza Mayapan Oxkintok Balankanche Loltun Kabah El Rey Ek Balam Yaxuna Mani Uxmal Isla de Jaina Izamal Labna Chacmultun Bolonchen Xcalumkin Sayil Xcaret Coba San Gervasio Xelha Tancah Isla de Tulum Cozumel Chamax Xtampak Edzna Chacmool Chichmuul Hochob Champoton (Chakamputun) 0 25 Chacchoben Tampalam Lago Bacalar 50 km Tzibanche Majahual Ichpaatun Map 2.

It is the lengua reducida that is being voiced by the Indian authors. ]), the term occurs in a passage that ventriloquizes the teachings of the friars in both phrasing and doctrinal meaning: Haili bin ocsabac ti ol Dios tuhunale uchuc tumen u sinil yetel yalmat’anil (Miram and Miram 1988, 165, line 12) The only thing that shall be committed to faith (is) God alone Almighty and his words Here we find the precise epithet for God that was formulated by the translators of the Credo and that appears in the Doctrinas of both Coronel (1620) and Beltrán (2000 [1746]).

In the Kaua, there is a long and detailed dicussion, in Maya, of the significance of the sacrament of Mass, and of the gestures and vestments used in it. The passage begins: Discursos sobre las Misas y significas; He tu yocol Padre ichil sachristia tu suhuy cilich homtanil ca cilich colel Santa Maria cu yocol Xpto cahlohil uch’ab ca bakel utial ulohic balcah tusinil (163, line 1) Discourse on masses and (their) meanings; When the Father enters the sacristy, the sacred holy sanctuary of our holy lady Blessed Mary, Christ our savior enters to take (the form of) our flesh, to save the things of the world in their totality.

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