Monday, June 29


An Early Instance of Inculturation, circa 1492

A Morisco leader, who in his youth was page to [Hernado de] Talavera [first archbishop of a re-Christianized Granada] recalled how the archbishop went through the mountains of Granada to preach and say mass. Since there was no organ for music he made the natives play the zambra (a traditional dance), and during mass he always said the greeting, 'The Lord be with you,' in Arabic. 'I remember this,' the Morisco reminisced, 'as if it were yesterday."

--Henry Kamen, Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763, p. 20.

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