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Repositioning the MissionaryRewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam$
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Vicente M. Diaz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834340

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.001.0001

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Disrobing the Man

Disrobing the Man

A Second Peek

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(p.147) Chapter 5 Disrobing the Man
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Repositioning the Missionary
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Vicente M. Diaz

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.003.0005

This chapter renders an alternative portraiture of San Vitores' life and death as a witness to alternative understandings of the man, his mission, and his legacy from those presented by canonical and monological narratives. It rereads stylistic elements of San Vitores' ministry in search of multiple and competing meanings spied in non-Church-sanctioned narratives and in those within the competing forms and layers of Chamorro Catholicism in the ensuing centuries. This counter-witnessing is transgressive, not oppositional, in that it does not diametrically oppose or invert the Church's preferred meanings so much as run angular to and away from them and their opposing perspectives. Thus, the chapter foregrounds and examines the problematic of San Vitores' image and self-awareness as recalled by his immediate companions in the seventeenth century and his spiritual and political descendants in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Diego Luis de San Vitores, Chamorro Catholicism, life, death, ministry

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