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Religious Studies

Theology of Inculturation in Northern Peru

Mitchell Gerrard ('12); Mentor: Oona Eisenstadt, Arthur Horowitz

Abstract:  Catholicism has a long tradition of adapting Church teachings when evangelizing to non-Catholic cultures.  I went to northern Peru to look at how certain strict forms of Catholicism make room for "pagan" beliefs in "magic" that are still widely practiced today by Catholics and non-Catholics.  Using postcolonial studies, critical theory, and studies of ritual theatrics, I have looked at how these seemingly two very different worlds have collided and colluded in modern Peru.
Funding Provided by: Pomona College SURP  

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