Mayan Religion And Conquistadors

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When the Spanish arrived in Mesoamerica the conquistadors were accompanied by Christian missionaries. These missionaries saw their mission of converting the natives to Christianity as being an important aspect of the conquest. Conversion methods used by the missionaries included: baptisms, discrediting native gods and mass relocations to “fortress-like convents and churches”.

The Maya religion was different and similar to Christianity. A similarity both groups had a class of individuals whose purpose it was to execute religious ceremonies. This similarity could have made it easier for the missionaries to teach the natives since the Mayas were already used to having separate individuals for religious purposes. A part of the religion that thoroughly
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