Spanish Religion Vs Aztec Religion

169 Words1 Page

In Central America following the Conquest, the Aztecs were forced to transition into Christianity and did so fairly better than expected. It can be argued that the success of Christianity is attributed to the striking similarities Catholicism and Aztec beliefs both held. The symbol of the cross for example and maternal figures extended to both cultures. When the indigenous were indoctrinated to Mother Mary they saw her a different version of Tonantzin, their own goddess of fertility. It was in this way that they could keep some semblance of their previous beliefs in contention with a forced once that was now their reality. The Spanish tried their best to “learn Native beliefs and customs in order to identify and extirpate them” (MV, 174) but

Open Document