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Black Robes & BuckskinA Selection from the Jesuit Relations$
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Catharine Randall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232628

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232628.001.0001

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Familiariter: The Theological Sense of Daily Life

Familiariter: The Theological Sense of Daily Life

(p.131) Familiariter: The Theological Sense of Daily Life
Black Robes & Buckskin

Catharine Randall

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a cluster of several related letters written by Father Le Jeune in 1637—entitled “Concerning sorcerers, and whether or not they are in league with the Devil,” “Concerning their customs and beliefs,” “Concerning their customs and their beliefs,” and “Concerning discipline at the Huron school, and some characteristics of the students”. The Jesuits interpreted the everyday beliefs and habits of the natives, using phenomena from the natural world and religious customs such as the “shaking tent” in which a prophet divines the future, reading them into a sense that they hoped would lead the native in the direction of a Christian understanding of the world.

Keywords:   Relations, Jesuit missionaries, Father Le Jeune, letters

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