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How and why would certain aspects of Aztec, Inca, and Caribbean peoples’ religions and cosmologies have facilitated their conversion to Christianity? How and why would certain aspects of Aztec, Inca, and Caribbean peoples’ religions and cosmologies have hindered their conversion to Christianity?

There various aspects of these indigenous groups religion from which Christianity can relate too, as well as it can have some differences the Christians do not believe in. Although some different beliefs exist; I believe that there are more aspects in their religions that facilitate Christian conversion rather than hinder the conversion.

One aspect from the Aztec religion that the Spanish could relate to was the revered female figure in who they believed in. She was known by the name of Tenantzin. They believed her to be a beloved figure much like the Virgin Mary for Christians. Tonantzin was known as “our mother”, because of her central mother figure in both human and natural fertility. Very similar to that of Virgin Mary the holiest women figure in Christian beliefs. Known mostly as the mother of Jesus Christ. Both Virgin Mary and Tonantzin represented grace and spiritual purity. Also, both were known for their gift of giving life. This aspect of the Aztecs highly fascinated their conversion to Christianity.

The Incas had these monuments much like the holy shrines of the Christians. These monuments went by the name of huaca or wak’a in the Inca native language quechua. Huacas were natural locations associated with veneration and rituals much like holy shrines, which consisted of holy places where figures of respect were once venerated or worshipped. The Huaca Pucllana was used as an impotant ceremonial center to resurrect the dead much like the Holy Mount Tabor shrine, the place were Jesus was once resurrected. Huacas and shrines represent the holy locations of great significance to each religion.

As for the Caribbean natives, their belief of the idea of...
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