<i>Familiariter:</i> The Theological Sense of Daily Life

Catharine Randall

in Black Robes & Buckskin

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232628
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240449 | DOI:
Familiariter: The Theological Sense of Daily Life

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This chapter presents a cluster of several related letters written by Father Le Jeune in 1637—entitled “Concerning sorcerers, and whether or not they are in league with the Devil,” “Concerning their customs and beliefs,” “Concerning their customs and their beliefs,” and “Concerning discipline at the Huron school, and some characteristics of the students”. The Jesuits interpreted the everyday beliefs and habits of the natives, using phenomena from the natural world and religious customs such as the “shaking tent” in which a prophet divines the future, reading them into a sense that they hoped would lead the native in the direction of a Christian understanding of the world.

Keywords: Relations; Jesuit missionaries; Father Le Jeune; letters

Chapter.  12036 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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