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In Ambivalent Conquests Clendinnen penetrates the thinking and feeling of the Mayan Indians in a detailed reconstruction of their assessment of the intruders. This new edition contains a preface by the author where she reflects upon the book's contribution in the past fifteen years. Confusion of tongues. A sampler of documents. Glossary of Spanish and Maya terms. The hall of mirrors.

Select bibliography. The confessions. Finding out. The mannerisms, the rituals and sacraments mattered more than the individuality of a god. When the new conquerors imposed their gods on the conquered society, the new deities were adored in a pre existing pattern. Similarly, when the Spaniards enforced Catholicism on the Indians, they just adopted a new god and his requirements as they did previously. This accommodation was common to the Maya and therefore no new radical changes occurred. The second piece of evidence Clendinnen gives to demonstrate the elasticity of the Mayan society is the relationship between the lords and commoners.

The knowledge, which included Christian doctrine meant for all the Indians, was taught only to the sons of chiefs. This was the practice before the Spaniards came, and it continued showing the lack of change in Mayan hierarchy. Thus Clendinnen shows that conquest and colonization did not really alter Mayan society. While they had to endure the tortures and new setups that were foreign to them, they remarkably stayed the same by adapting and adopting from their conquerors.

It is remarkable to see that neither society changed during conquest and colonization. The Spanish society, studded in the sturdiness of the Catholic worldview did not budge in their dealings with the Indians. The Mayans, flexible like spider web stayed the same. It was a unique relationship that characterized these two societies. The apparent Spanishness on top, namely religion, customs and piety sufficed enough for the Spaniards to call it home. With the exception of the friars who sought to change others but themselves got transformed in to brutes, the basic structure of both societies remained the same.

Overall, it can be said that this undesired mutual adjustment was better than permanent alterations. Clendinnen, Inga. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

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