Of Books, Popes, and <i>Huacas</i>; or, the Dilemmas of Being Christian

Gonzalo Lamana

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
Of Books, Popes, and Huacas; or, the Dilemmas of Being Christian

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This chapter examines questions of difference and authority at the intersection of religion and politics that took place mainly in the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries and that still resonate. It analyzes printed versions of Francisco Pizarro's capture of the Inca Atahualpa in a bloody attack after the exchange of a book and words between the Inca ruler and Fray Vicente de Valverde. This chapter suggests that the narrative of Cajamarca helps identify certain dilemmas of being Christian that were shaped by the emergence of the Atlantic as center of the first world system.

Keywords: religion; politics; Francisco Pizarro; Inca Atahualpa; Inca ruler; Vicente de Valverde; Christian

Chapter.  15218 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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