Religion and Mexican Americans Part One Introduction Anthony Stevens-Arroyo (2008) contends that, “During the centuries under Spain, the dynamics of religious traditions gradually forged a new identity for today’s Latinos – a successful mestizaje – that created a new people by erasing most of the distinctions between the conquered and the conqueror (p. 59). This contention suggests two things: first, that religion is an important factor in understanding modern Mexican American identity; second, that this modern identity may be linked to the earliest religious practices/ faiths. Therefore, this essay will investigate the modern role of religion in Mexican American identity through a focus on early forms of religion. There will be five texts...The end:
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