THE HERMENEUTICS OF THE MAYA CULT OF THE HOLY CROSS BY CHARLOTTE ZIMMERMAN Detroit The Cult of the Holy Cross is a pre-Christian cosmological cult masquerading under Catholic symbolism and Christian forms. The central problem with which we will deal will be an hermeneutics of this Cult which goes beyond its classification and moves into the area of its meaning. An interpretation of meaning, however, is a many-sided problem but for the purposes of this article we will try to delimit it by the following discussion. Meaning in relation to religion has two terms: authenticity and truth. Religion is a real relationship with divinity; therefore, all religion is authentic in so far as it establishes contact with divinity. "We affirm, then, that unless all existence is a medium of Revelation, no particular Revelation is possible." Authenticity, is, for our purposes, the central note of religion; that which is religion and not pseudo-religion is authentic. 2 ) Authenticity, however, is not truth. The truth of a religion, as the currently popular term 'encounter' suggests, is a question of the Truth of Clod and its reception by man. Since we must deal rationally with this problem, we cannot vouchsafe for
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Published: Jan 1, 1965
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