Persistence of the Indigenous myths and religions during the Christianisation of Latin America
From the moment Christopher Columbus set foot on land on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean religious worldviews have confronted and translated each other in the meeting between the “old world” and the “new”. Henceforth, several practices of replacement or exchange of religious myths and believes have taken place during the conflictive process of conversion to Christianity. This seminar gathers leading scholars within indigenous-, religious- and cultural studies, and linguistics, who are in various ways researching the clashes and translations of worldviews in Latin America from colonial times up till today. This interdisciplinary approach will propitiate the discussion of grounded questions with a social, religious and political relevance that transcends the Latin American context.
13.15 – 14.15 Otto Zwartjes (Associate Professor, ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
Portuguese missionary dictionaries in Asia, Africa and Brazil (1550-1800): Lexicography as a mirror of cultures?
14.15 – 15.15 Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Sáenz (Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Cultures and Religions at Stirling University, Scotland)
"... these liars would add other things" - A Spanish priest's translation of indigenous myths from colonial Peru
The seminar is organized by the research group Politics of Cultures in Latin America (POCLAT) and the PhD research project Indigenous peoples, missionaries and literature in colonial Latin America, with the collaboration of the Centre for Sami Studies.