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Resistance and the Sacred: An Approach to the Various Meanings of the “Right to the Sacred” in Mexico Today

Silvana Rabinovici
Published Online: 2018-07-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0016


This article analyses a certain philosophical (ethical and political) interpretation of “the sacred” as brought up by native world views of indigenous peoples in the American continent from a decolonial approach. Translation is used as resistance that resounds in the social-environmental struggles in our continent nowadays, particularly in Mexico. The appropriation of the term “sacred” by native peoples reveals the colonial political theory of the State. By challenging consumerism and ecological destruction, the translation of the indigenous concept of ‟sacred” into an ecological conception of intrinsic link between people and “nature” enables a dialogue between those cultures and the warning of modern science about global warming and the over-exploitation of the earth’s resources.

Keywords: religion in Mexico; right to the sacred; resistance; translation; native peoples; decolonial; heteronomy


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About the article

Received: 2018-05-03

Accepted: 2018-06-07

Published Online: 2018-07-18

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 228–235, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0016.

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© 2018 Silvana Rabinovici, published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. BY-NC-ND 4.0

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