Introduction. 1. Painting and Writing. 2. Memories to Order. 3. The Primordial Titles or the Passion for Writing. 4. Colonial Idolatry. 5. The Christianization of the Imaginaire. 6. Capturing the Christian Supernatural. 7. A Last Reprieve for Composite Cultures. Conclusion.
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