The author presents the Catholic doctrine of confession, restitution, and sin during the conquest of America and Peru, as well as changes made to this doctrine among intellectuals and in the Peruvian church. First she defines “sin (hucha) and flesh (aycha),” and she follows this with three chapters, each centered on a group of Andean words with meanings important for church teaching on sins: huchallicu- (to sin, fornicate) and huauça- (to have “improper” sex, specifically between men); ranti- (to exchange or substitute), catu- (to exchange goods in a market), and manu- (debt, to be in debt); and llamca- (to work), mit'a- (to work by shifts), and mink'a- (to work for someone). Her conclusion takes up a new topic and studies wills as a kind of written confession.

The author starts each chapter with a...

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