The Impact of Christianity on Colonial Maya, Ancient Mexico, China, and Japan: How a Monotheistic Religion Was Received by Several Pagan Societies

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Looks at the impact of Western Christianity on the native peoples of Mexico and Central America, as well as of China and Japan. The work thoroughly describes the collision of Christianity and paganism, asserting that the encounter is best understood via a full examination of their underlying cosmological points of view.


“Yamase is not afraid to challenge many of the Western-based interpretations of the Mayas and their cultures, while also admitting that other ways of viewing the evidence should be considered. Overall, I find it difficult to conceive of any Western scholar of the Mayas or Christianity not being fascinated and stimulated by this unique book.” – Dr. Robert M. Carmack, Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, Albany

“. . . a treasure trove of dualistic theory from China and Japan set in tight comparison with the dualistic elements of other Pagan traditions from around the world.” – Dr. Vincent Stanzione, Independent Scholar, Antigua, Central America

“Mr. Yamase’s work is an impressive display of historical, anthropological, and religious scholarship and offers new insights into how the Mayas likely responded to Christianity in the Spanish colonial period.” – Dr. Brent Metz, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Kansas

Table of Contents

1 Maya Religion: As One of the Pagan Religions
2 Christian Discovery of Pagan Religions
3 Christianity From a World Perspective of the Confrontation Between Dualism and Monism: Process of Localization
4 Maya Perspective of Christianity
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Appendix IV: People Against Themselves
List of Figures

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