Missions begin with blood : suffering and salvation in the borderlands of new Spain (Book, 2022) [WorldCat.org]
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Missions begin with blood : suffering and salvation in the borderlands of new Spain

Author: Brandon L Bayne
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2022. ©2022
Series: Catholic practice in North America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"While the idea that successful missions needed Indigenous revolts and missionary deaths seems counterintuitive, this book illustrates how it became a central logic of frontier colonization in Spanish North America. Missions Begin with Blood argues that martyrdom acted as a ceremony of possession that helped Jesuits understand violence, disease, and death as ways that God inevitably worked to advance Christendom.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brandon L Bayne
ISBN: 9780823294206 082329420X 9780823294190 0823294196
OCLC Number: 1178651305
Description: 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : suffering and salvation --
Seeds : planting conversions --
Weeds : ritual confrontations --
Fruits : passionate expansion --
Deserted : prolonged isolation --
Uprooted : missionary expulsion --
Epilogue : civilization and savagery.
Series Title: Catholic practice in North America.
Responsibility: Brandon Bayne.

Abstract:

"While the idea that successful missions needed Indigenous revolts and missionary deaths seems counterintuitive, this book illustrates how it became a central logic of frontier colonization in Spanish North America. Missions Begin with Blood argues that martyrdom acted as a ceremony of possession that helped Jesuits understand violence, disease, and death as ways that God inevitably worked to advance Christendom. Whether petitioning superiors for support, preparing to extirpate Native "idolatries," or protecting their conversions from critics, Jesuits found power in their persecution and victory in their victimization. This book correlates these tales of sacrifice to deep genealogies of redemptive death in Catholic discourse and explains how martyrological idioms worked to rationalize early modern colonialism. Specifically, missionaries invoked an agricultural metaphor that reconfigured suffering into seed that, when watered by sweat and blood, would one day bring a rich harvest of Indigenous Christianity"--

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