RELG 235

Latin American Religion

The study of religion in Latin America includes the diverse cultures of indigenous, African-American, and Hispanic peoples from South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The course may consider: indigenous religions from geographically distinct regions (from the Yahgan of Tierra del Fuego to the Pueblos and Yaquis of Mexico); Catholicism in its many cultural forms; African cultures from Brazilian condomblé to Afro-Caribbean ritual; and contemporary religious movements. Critical approaches include precontact, colonial and post-colonial issues; cosmovisiones, conflict and mestizaje, religion and society, modernity in Latin American perspectives. Offered alternate years. V.4