The Early Modern Jesuit Attitude towards Hindu and Ethiopian Strains of Asceticism

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Abstract

This book presents an early modern Jesuit attitude towards Hindu and Ethiopian strains of asceticism. The Jesuits’ descriptions of both the yogis and the Ethiopian renunciates were marked by ambivalence. While critical of these ascetics, the missionaries also pointed out admirable facets of their comportment. In both the Society of Jesus’ positive and negative impressions, there are glaring ethnocentric views that shift the spotlight onto the other’s flaws. Like many historical cases, these perceptions evolved into a sort of inverted mirror image of the self that revealed differences between the European Catholic and the native renunciate.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9789004538566
ISBN (Print)9789004538559
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023

Publication series

NameJesuit Studies
PublisherBrill
Volume41
ISSN (Print)2214-3289

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