So, first they abandoned Catholicism for protestantism and now abandoning protestantism for Islam? Color me skeptical. Chiapas has population of five million maybe a few thousand Muslims out of that? Theyve got a long way to go to unseat the Christians and Christian/Indian-religion hybrids. These people are not secular unlike Europeans.
You forgot the first step, where they were coerced into Catholicism by conquering armies of frenchmen and spaniards.
posted on 12/31/2012 5:13:02 PM PST
( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
I thought that was implied by the inclusion of the religion-hybrid phrase.
posted on 12/31/2012 5:17:06 PM PST
(Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture)
As I understand it (and I'm no scholar), the invading army of ther Spanish conquistadores did have a big effect in suppressing the Aztec religion and pulling down its bloody sanctuaries and its walls of skulls; but they had very little
effect in converting Aztecs to Catholicism, which is quite a different proposition.
The armies as such had very little interest in that, and the Aztecs even less.
By 1531, after several decades of Spanish domination there were very few -- perhaps a hundred or less -- indigenous Catholic converts in Mexico. But by 20 years after that, they numbered in the millions.
What made the difference? Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
posted on 12/31/2012 7:34:31 PM PST
by Mrs. Don-o
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