Virkelige fiktioner og substansløse ikoner i 1500-tallets missionæretnografi fra Amerika: En undersøgelse af tidligt moderne instaurations.

Elisabeth Lønkjær Eskildsen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


In the 16th century Spanish missionaries met the Amerindian people for the first time. The missionaries were sent to preach the holy faith and to document this process. Today these sources, the Missionary Ethnographies, are an insight to the establishment of modern anthropology and cultural history. In the discovery of America, the world discovered cultural diversity. This project examines what was present before the world began to modernize, which early Modern instaurations, focusing on the collision between the religious and the fictional, are seen in the Missionary Ethnographies? Dominican friar Bartholomé de las Casas and Franciskan friars Bernardino de Sahagún and Diego de Landa serve as historical informants.

All three must deal with idolatry. In their attempt of understanding, they have to believe in the belief of others. This belief leads to two different instaurations tracks: one of tolerance and coexistence, and the other of Iconoclasm. This leads to yet a paradox. The early modern instaurations, having the same historical origin as cultural diversity, have reproduced this indifference that modern anthropology has had to deal with throughout history. Everytime you try to detect sameness you reveal the otherness.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato3 jun. 2019
Antal sider85
VejledereJakob Egholm Feldt