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The millennial New World
Graziano, Frank, 1955-
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New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

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x, 366 pages ; 25 cm
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Much has been written about millennialism in the U.S. and its European roots. But although it is widely recognized that millennialism is also endemic to Latin America, until now there has been no systematic study of this phenomenon as it has flourished in that part of the world. Graziano hereoffers the first such study, examining Latin American millennialism from its Iberian and indigenous antecedents to present social, revolutionary, religious, and political movements.

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Frank Graziano is at The American University.

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Graziano (Hispanic studies, Connecticut College) offers a study of millennialism in Latin America from the Columbian Encounter to the present. It is a fascinating analysis of the varieties of millennial ideologies that inspired the Spanish to conquer and the indigenous people to resist. These ideologies have also fueled such movements as Peronism and liberation theology because, as Graziano notes, millennialism activates a dynamic relation between religion and politics. This dynamic relation is the book's overarching theme. A people's experience of social crisis or oppression is often interpreted through eschatological myths that foster identities of chosenness and generate hopes of a reversal of the social order, the emergence of a new humanity, and the establishment of a new morality. Graziano discusses, as examples of this thesis, such nativist revolts as the Taqui Onqoy movement and the Tzeltal rebellion. The book also examines the utopias imagined in Latin American millennial myths (e.g., the Land-without-Evil, El Dorado) and the role of the messianic hero as revolutionary leader and as mythic figure (e.g, Tupac Amaru, Simon Bolivar). The book combines phenomenology of religion, history, and millennial studies in an engaging study of Latin American myth and ideology. Recommended for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. C. R. Piar; California State University, Long Beach

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
1 Crisis and Salvationp. 16
2 The Chosen Peoplep. 57
3 Nativist Rebellionsp. 89
4 The Promise of Paradisep. 132
5 Return of the Cultural Herop. 172
6 The Messiahp. 204
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 331
Indexp. 357