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The Solar Christ in Nahuatl Doctrinal Texts of Early Colonial Mexico

Louise M. Burkhart
Ethnohistory
Vol. 35, No. 3 (Summer, 1988), pp. 234-256
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/481801
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/481801
Page Count: 23
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The Solar Christ in Nahuatl Doctrinal Texts of Early Colonial Mexico
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Abstract

The friars who ministered to the Nahua (Aztec) Indians incorporated into their Nahuatl teachings Old World symbolism which used the sun as a metaphor or type for Christ. The solar Christ had different connotations in Nahuatl because of differences between Christian and Nahua views of cosmology, morality, history, and the symbolism of sun and light. Indians today view Christ as a solar deity; Christian teaching may be one source of this identification.

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