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    The Humanist Experiment of a Syncretic Liturgy for the New Christian Kingdom of New Spain

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    March 10, 2010


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    The Humanist Experiment of a Syncretic Liturgy for the New Christian Kingdom of New Spain

    Pablo Escalante Gonzalbo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    Native Mesoamerican symbols, ornaments, singing, and dancing played a central role in 16th-century Christian liturgy in New Spain. Spanish friars, mostly Franciscans, believed that this syncretic practice would result in more authentic Christian worship among indigenous people. Religious and secular authorities supported intercultural dialogue,...

    Pablo Escalante Gonzalbo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    Native Mesoamerican symbols, ornaments, singing, and dancing played a central role in 16th-century Christian liturgy in New Spain. Spanish friars, mostly Franciscans, believed that this syncretic practice would result in more authentic Christian worship among indigenous people. Religious and secular authorities supported intercultural dialogue, especially in the Franciscan school in Tlatelolco, the Colegio de la Santa Cruz, as essential to building a rationalized structure for the syncretic projectPresented as part of the collaboration between the Harvard Art Museum and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies to bring scholarship in Latin American art to the Harvard and surrounding communities.

    Free admission. Open to the public.

    For more information, please contact Nika Trufanova at 617-495-4544 or veronika_trufanova@harvard.edu.

    The M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.


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