Ricci And Las Casas Summary

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When comparing Matteo Ricci’s characterization of the Chinese people to Sepúlveda’s and Las Casas’ earlier characterizations of the Native Americans, there are many differences. However, there are some similarities between Ricci and Las Casas' views. Ricci characterizes the Chinese as being a highly intelligent people just as Las Casas' describes the Native Americans. However, Sepúlveda describes the Natives as being quite the opposite and refers to them as wild barbarians. Both Matteo Ricci and Las Casas characterize their groups of people in a positive way. Matteo refers to the Chinese as being “quite content with what they have and are not ambitious of conquest” even though they have a large army that could conquer any nation.(5) He compares them to the Western people who are “frequently discontent with their own governments and covetous of what others enjoy.” (5) Unlike the Chinese, the nations of the West are often consumed with the idea of supreme domination and “cannot even preserve what their ancestors have bequeathed them.”(5) He also stated that he knew of no other people who “fell into fewer errors in the early ages of their antiquity than the Chinese did.” (3) Ricci praised China’s religion for its similarities to Christianity. He also praised…show more content…
He is much more negative than Ricci and Las Casas in his words. Unlike Casas, Sepúlveda believes that in “prudence, talent, and every kind of virtue and human sentiment,” (8) the Natives were inferior to the Spaniards. As stated above, Casas disagrees with this entirely. This would also be a difference from how Ricci views the Chinese. He had great respect for them. Sepúlveda, on the other hand, had no respect for the Natives. Sepúlveda also described the Natives as being unable to govern the state as well as not being able to be educated. Unlike both Ricci and Las Casas who describe the Chinese and Natives as being highly

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