Apocalypse in the Andes: Saint Francis, the Incas, and Militant Angels

Part of the ACMRS Scholar Series

Presented by Jaime Lara, PhD

Research Professor, ACMRS

Sponsored by ACMRS and the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University

Eventbrite - "Apocalypse in the Andes: Saint Francis, the Incas, and Militant Angels"

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
Free and open to the public

About the Program
Shortly after the Spanish Conquest, the Franciscan friars arrived in Peru in 1531. For those missionaries this was the beginning of the end of the world. The missionaries brought and adapted European Christianity to the ancient civilization that they encountered, the Incas. The “weapons” of the missionaries included cult of the angels and saints, by means of the very successful tools of the visual and musical arts. The Incas wholeheartedly accepted the new supernatural beings, but on their own terms and in ways that were most vital to them. Francis of Assisi fascinated the indigenous peoples because to them, he became a shaman, a bird-man, and a sometimes-violent defender of his “little ones.”

About Jaime Lara
Dr. Jaime Lara, formerly of Yale University, is a research professor at the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and the Hispanic Research Center at ASU. He writes on art, architecture and religious culture in colonial Mexico and the Andes, and has published City, Temple, Stage: Eschatological Architecture and Theatrics in New Spain (2004), Christians Texts for Aztecs: Art and Liturgy in Colonial Mexico (2008), The Flowering Cross: Holy Week in an Andean Village (2010), and numerous essays and chapters in collected works.