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Mayan And Catholicism Merged

PBS program about Mayan civilization was explaining how the later Mayans took parts of the Catholic doctrine and part of the Mayan religion, combined the two and developed one. Anyone ever hear this before?

Moderator - Yes, Catholicism is like this all around the world and that is the foundation of Roman Catholicism.

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Moderator - the rcc is a mix of christianity & paganism, yes. Their trying to serve God with one foot in for Him & the foot in for the devil
& his worldly pleasures. The rcc's offspring daughters churches ain't No diff.
---Lawrence on 8/7/10

Any time a new religion is brought to a new people, there is a risk that it may be taken and twisted or folded back into their old religion - Voodoo is a classic example of this, but this is not Catholicism.

God spoke to the whole world from the beginning but only Abraham listened at first, the others twisted God's word into the various Pagan religions. This is why we see Pagan prophecies that mimic the Messianic prophecies, only applied to Pagan gods and demigods.
---lorra8574 on 7/14/07

My grandsons fathers family is from equador and devote cath, but mixed with strange rituals, superstitions, more focus on Mary then God...not sure what the origins of these beliefs are.
---christina on 7/14/07

Then there's the American pop-evangelical civil religion which makes saints out of the founding fathers (most of whom wre NOT Christians), and such.
---Jack on 7/13/07

This is a fairly common phenomenon and is known as syncretism.
---Benny on 8/4/06

You all wait until Mel Gibsons next movie comes out!
---MikeM on 6/30/06

Moderator--and Protestantism is a mixture of secular humanism, scholasticism, and Christianity.

Moderator - Yup, most of it is.
---Jack on 6/29/06

Here in the West you can witness some of the Mayan rituals mixed with the RCC, more so in Mexico.
My SIL is Filipino and was brought up RC. Many superstitions and ordanaces were mixed with RC beliefs and taught in the church.
'don't step on bugs, it could be your late great grandfather!"
---NV_Barbara on 6/29/06

My son in law is from Equador and when my grandson was born I began to see just how much superstition is mingled with his family's catholic beliefs. They have quite elaborate rituals that must be followed in order to "protect" the baby's and mother's life...all based on very real fear. Much would actually be funny if it were not so real to them.
---christina on 6/29/06

So A taking from B is the same thing as B taking from A.

Is this what you're saying, Moderator?

Moderator - Catholism is a mix of Christianity and Paganism.
---Jack on 6/28/06

I have heard it and, I believe, I have seen it in parts of Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador. I'm not Catholic (or Mayan ;>))so cannot point to details. But the people of these areas, many of whom claim to be Catholic, may take sacraments in the Catholic church, but seem to be ruled by other beliefs in their everyday lives. There is a great fear of death and spirits. They have elaborate rituals for appeasing and defending against these, that seem much closer to shamanism than Christianity.
---Donna2277 on 6/28/06

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