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To: steve86
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? They’ve 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.

18 posted on 12/31/2012 5:13:02 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

I thought that was implied by the inclusion of the religion-hybrid phrase.


19 posted on 12/31/2012 5:17:06 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: elkfersupper
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.

28 posted on 12/31/2012 7:34:31 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (De veras.)
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