Religion Past and Present

Get access

(772 words)

[German Version]

(Indians in Latin America). The term reduction (Span. reduccion) was used in three senses in America: (1) the process of gathering Indians into settlements or villages, (2) the settlement itself, and (3) the whole territory of the settlements, based on geographical or missionary criteria. The reduction project was designed to concentrate the indigenous population in settlements to be integrated into a “political and human life,” which presupposed giving up certain practices incompatible w…

Cite this page
Deckmann Fleck, Eliane Christina, “Reductions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲