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Is Syncretism The Best Term To Descirbe The Outcome Of Religious Ocnversion In The New World Notes

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Is 'syncretism' the best term to describe the outcome of religious conversion in the New World?
100 Word Summary The conversion of the New World is far to broad a topic to be reduced to one word, and syncretism is the wrong word anyway. From de Landa we see pagan adoption of some Christian elements, but not a syncretism. The Huarochiri Manuscript demonstrates how deeply held huaca-belief was, and de Landa's account reinforces this. There were actually large similarities between pagan and Christian belief, and these simply became more evident as the cultures were forced together.

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