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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.131

New religions in mesoamerica - San Simon of Guatemala


  • Gabriele BARONI

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San Simon de Guatemala has been the subject of a research work that I conducted on the border between Mexico and Guatemala. In general line San Simon is a ladino saint, venerated in a vast area of Guatemala, part of Mexico and Salvador. Sometimes it may have different names but keeping the same characteristics. In recent years, through Guatemalan emigration to the United States, it has also spread to cities such as NY, LA and Chicago. The cult of Saint Simon is presented as a cult resulting from a long process of religious syncretism, a typical phenomenon of the Mesoamerican area during the postwar years. The geographic location is of great importance because it offers a lot of information about the context in which devotees of the cult live. Mine is a philosophical perspective when my thesis work focuses on religious language. In particular the religious language from the perspective of L. Wittgenstein.