The Promise of Paradise

Frank Graziano

in The Millennial New World

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780195124323
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784561 | DOI:
 The Promise of Paradise

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This chapter surveys utopian ideas in Latin America, from the European myths projected onto the New World during exploration to more recent endeavors to discover or build paradise on earth. Themes include pursuit of allusive utopian islands and enclaves, the relation of utopia and subversion, the projection of utopia into the future, and reunification of a fragmented world. The case studies focus on the Tupí-Guaraní Land-without-Evil, El Dorado, Christopher Columbus’s belief that he discovered terrestrial paradise, and the utopian missions founded by priests and friars, including the Jesuit Reductions of Paraguay and the missions of Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Keywords: paradise; utopia; promised land; millennial kingdom; Golden Age; El Dorado; Land-without-Evil; missions; Christopher Columbus; Jesuit

Chapter.  21230 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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