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Based on her analysis of archaeological evidence from the excavations of Maya churches at Tipu and Lamanai, Elizabeth Graham's book seeks to understand why the Maya sometimes actively embraced Catholicism during the period of European conquest and continued to worship in this way even after the end of the Spanish occupation.
The view from Belize and the vision from St. Mike's -- Yucatan and Belize on the eve of conquest -- Chesse and terms -- Being Christian and the doctrine of the church -- The environment of early contact -- The millennial kingdom and Belize missions -- How to tell a church -- The churches at Tipu and Lamanai -- Reductions and upheaval in the seventeenth century -- What Europe did for us -- Being pagan -- Everyone knows what a dragon looks like -- Appendix 1. Friars in Belize -- Appendix 2. Bishops of Yucatan to 1714.
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