The Paraguay Reductions:  The Ruins of a Dream Links:


If you've seen "The Mission", you should recognize this water-

fall. If I'd been Fr. Gabriel, I would have looked at this and 

said, "Obviously God didn't want us 

up there." 


Someday when I have time (I will pause now so you can all get the laughing out of your systems)...

I am going to write something here about the Paraguay Reductions.

In the meantime, here are all the links I've found, with lots of good articles that other people have written.  (Not nearly enough photos, but I'll scan some as soon as...well, you know...)

Paradise Lost:  The Jesuit Missions of Paraguay

A Vanished Arcadia: The Jesuits of Paraguay 1588-1767  

Catholic Encyclopedia Entry (Paraguay Reductions)

The Jesuit Missions:  Shattered Dreams)  (Great photos!)

Paraguay: The Sword of the Word

Music from the Paraguay Reductions  (Well worth the downloading time!

The Jesuit Missions (Reducciones)  in South America

Jesuit Art & Architecture in South America

The Jesuit "Republic" of the Guaranis (1600-1768) Very nice book with great photos.


Radio Guarani

Interactive Guarani Dictionary

Guarani Language Products

TEKOVE YVYPORA KUERA MAYMAYVA DERECHO KUAAUKAHA  (The U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Guarani.)

(I'm sad to report that the Guarani Homepage is no longer being maintained.)


 I don't care what Roger Ebert   says.  This is a great movie.

      (Click on the photo to order it from

Graphics on this page are "schooldaze" set from:


A different and no less

intimidating angle.

             An example of the beautiful 

             artwork of the Guarani.




"A Paraguayan Jesuit decides 

to contact an isolated Guarani community living in the middle 

of the forest.  He is morally 

certain that he will be accepted, 

even adopted, by the Indians.  

It will be enough, he thinks, 

to present himself to them as 

the successor of those Fathers 

who in times past did so much 

or their ancestors.  Received the members of the tribe with their characteristically distant politeness, 

he begins to deliver the speech 

that he prepared at length and 

has often repeated in his head.  

The Indians listen to him in silence, looking upon him without any expression.  Hardly does he 

conclude when, one after another, 

the Indians turn their backs on him 

and leave.  Only an old man remains, awaiting a likely question, which i

s not long in coming:  "Why have 

they done this?" asks the priest.  The old man answers, "Because the 

Fathers who loved us left us a 

long time ago.'"

(From The Jesuit "Republic of the Guaranis)

(Before I get letters from 250 Jesuits telling me of my mistake, I do know that these  are the ruins of San Ignacio Mini in Argentina, and that Argentina and Paraguay are two separate countries.)