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Title:The "Popol Vuh" and the Dominican Friar Francisco Ximenez: The Maya -Quiche Narrative as a Product of Religious Extirpation in Colonial Highland Guatemala
Author(s):Quiroa, Nestor Ivan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Susan D. Gillespie; John Wilcox
Department / Program:Spanish
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Anthropology, Cultural
Abstract:My dissertation provides an inter-disciplinary, revisionist approach to the Popol Vuh that encompasses the fields of literature and anthropology. I challenge traditional approaches to this manuscript by placing it within the historical, cultural, and religious context of colonial contact. My study addresses the fundamental question of what the manuscript was originally and what it represents today, given that it has been solely studied as an independent, self-contained text apart from its original context. My main hypothesis, based on examination of Friar Ximenez's text itself, is that he initially compiled this indigenous narrative as part of a larger religious treatise to convert the Maya population to Christianity and ultimately to extirpate the Quiche religion. As such, I demonstrate how Friar Ximenez's religious mentality ultimately influenced his Spanish translation of the Quiche manuscript at linguistic and symbolic levels. Consequently, I redefine the Popol Vuh as having both indigenous and Dominican facets since the text is a product of the colonial conditions that prevailed in highland Guatemala as the missionary friars conducted the spiritual conquest of the Maya-Quiche.
Issue Date:2002
Description:102 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3044205
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2002

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