“This book studies how the conversion of the Andean populations to Catholicism was achieved from a particular perspective: changes in attitudes toward death” (p. 1). Gabriela Ramos declares her intentions clearly from the very beginning, as what the title states is exactly what potential readers of this book will find throughout its almost four hundred pages. The focus is clear from the start: the process of Christianization of death. The book poses spatial and temporal restrictions: the Peruvian cities of Lima and Cuzco from the early days of the conquest until well into the eighteenth century. This book never deviates from these goals. Contrary to what it may seem, the complexity of the topics covered in this book does not represent an obstacle to the audience. This is partly achieved by the clarity of the writing and by the book’s solid structure. Many...
Book Review| November 01 2011
Death and Conversion in the Andes: Lima and Cuzco, 1532 – 1670
Death and Conversion in the Andes: Lima and Cuzco, 1532 – 1670. By Ramos, Gabriela.
Notre Dame, IN:
University of Notre Dame Press,
356pp. , $39.00.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2011) 91 (4): 706–707.
Alberto Zambrana; Death and Conversion in the Andes: Lima and Cuzco, 1532 – 1670. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2011; 91 (4): 706–707. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-1416765
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