Summaries of Books on Central America

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*Andrien, Kenneth J. Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001. Andrien’s book is a historical summary of the Andean region from native people to after the Spanish conquest. It addresses economy, culture, and the importance of religion, as well as power structures. There is an emphasis on the continued existence of indigenous culture despite Spanish involvement for hundreds of years. The book is important in situating the context in which Rose of Lima lived and the native traditions that would have influenced her and her family. Andrien’s book can be used in understanding the historical events that led up to Spanish rule and the importance of Catholicism and the power it held over the native people and how it was used to establish Spanish control. Cussen, Celia L. “The Search for Idols and Saints in Colonial Peru: Linking Extipation and Beatification.” Hispanic American Historical Review 85 (2005): 417-48. Accessed March 7, 2014. The article discusses how Christian priests and religious figures replaced Indian deities and idols with saints. The author relates the two together as connected processes, unlike previous scholars who believed that they were not related. She talks about how preists stimulated support for up and coming religious figures and how they portrayed saints to the Indians. The excitement for saints and their deeds was heightened by the destruction
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