From the ineptitude to a higher capability: the Jesuits and the formation of a Christian community in Brazil and Japan (16th-century)

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Abstract

The Society of Jesus was officially established in Rome in 1540. From the repercussion the group achieved, right in the next year some missionaries were sent to Lisbon by order of King John III. Being promptly incorporated into the Portuguese empire, in less than one decade the Jesuits founded a mission in the geographical edges of the Portuguese Patronage authority: Brazil and Japan. Even though their main goal was the evangelization among the non-European populations and their subsequent conversion, the conditions they encountered in these territories were completely different, making the possibility to create a genuine local Christendom more or less reachable. Considering the cases of the Jesuit mission in Brazil and in Japan during the XVI century, this article intends to work on some reflections the missionaries registered about the possibility to establish and consolidate a local Christendom. The reality showed different demands and struggles, making the creation of a Christian native community too far to be accomplished. For this purpose, it will be analysed letters and reports writing in both missions by its most important leaders - as José de Anchieta and Luis Fróis - during the first decades of their activity, corresponding to the second half of the XVI century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligence, Creativity and Fantasy
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress
EditorsMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Maria João Pereira Neto
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherCRC Press
Pages357-362
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780367277192
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019: “Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy". - Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
Duration: 7 Oct 20199 Oct 2019
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NamePHI
PublisherCRC Press

Conference

Conference5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019: “Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy".
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/10/199/10/19
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Keywords

  • Jesuit
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Early Modern History

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Boscariol, M. (2019). From the ineptitude to a higher capability: the Jesuits and the formation of a Christian community in Brazil and Japan (16th-century). In M. S. M. Kong, M. D. R. Monteiro, & M. J. P. Neto (Eds.), Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy: Proceedings of the 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress (pp. 357-362). (PHI). Leiden: CRC Press.