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date: 21 March 2019

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Evidence shows that the Psalms were first used in Latin America with the arrival of Christianity in the region courtesy of Spanish settlers. Less than a century after the discovery of the Americas in 1492, the Psalms were used in different contexts of Spanish colonial life. Psalms were sung by priests and laity in church choirs throughout Latin America, including colonial Mexico where the choral use of Psalms in liturgy is attested in codices or books on “Polyphony in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City.” This article shows that Psalms were pervasive in Christian religious life in Latin America. One major contribution from Latin America to the rest of the world is the re-reading, or paraphrasing, of the Psalms.

Keywords: Psalms, Latin America, Christianity, Mexico, liturgy, religious life, paraphrasing, biblical poems

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