Ídolos en daño de las ánimas: Transiciones de la imagen en tiempos de doctrina en el Nuevo Reino de Granada
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Nuevo Reino de Granada
Transition from the idol to the Catholic image among indigenous populations was not only an exercise of extirpation and substitution. The abandonment of beliefs and the disappearance of idolatry would not happen until the passage of several generations of indoctrinated people and it was not uncommon for idolatrous relapses to occur. Among the problems that doctrineros faced, in addition to the total lack of Christian references in the Indian communities during the initial approaches, it will be seen the difficulty of equating certain terms of the catechisms to the indigenous languages, leaving no choice in many cases that the introduction of words in Castilian, that frequently were theological concepts of difficult explanation, and that in the case of the ima- ges were not easily understood either as it happened with the Trinity or the Holy Spirit; on the other hand, the annulment of the divine character of the local gods would imply an argument based on biblical and theological texts, unknown to the natives and therefore ineffective in convincing them of how wrong their beliefs and practices were. To achieve Christianization, there was no single strategy, it ranged from persuasion to violent imposition, through the selection of topics to teach according to the degree of evangelization, the observation of the responses and, from these, the construction of narratives around certain images that had more association with pre-Hispanic memories or more sympathy for some sentimental, visual or thaumaturgical reason. This article presents and analyzes some experiences related to the integration of Christian images in indigenous communities of the New Kingdom of Granada, with regard to the current Colombian territory, having the idol as a latent and uncomfortable presence in this task.