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Author Flinn, Juliana, 1950-

Title Mary, the devil, and taro : Catholicism and women's work in a Micronesian society / Juliana Flinn
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2010]
©2010
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Description 1 online resource (v, 200 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The feast of the Immaculate Conception -- 3. A woman's place is in the garden -- 4. Taro -- 5. Who's in charge and are any of them women? -- 6. Church activities -- 7. Honoring Mary -- 8. Conclusion
Summary "Catholicism, like most world religions, is patriarchal, and its official hierarchies and sacred works too often neglect the lived experiences of women. Looking beyond these texts, Juliana Flinn reveals how women practice, interpret, and shape their own Catholicism on Pollap Atoll, part of Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia. She focuses in particular on how the Pollapese shaping of Mary places value on indigenous notions of mothering that connote strength, active participation in food production, and the ability to provide for one's family." "Mary, the Devil, and Taro contributes significantly to the study of women's religion and the appropriation of Christianity in local contexts. It will be welcomed by not only anthropologists and other scholars concerned with religion in the Pacific, but also those who study change in gender roles and Marian devotions in cross-cultural perspectives."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Devotion to -- Micronesia (Federated States) -- Pulap Atoll.
Catholic Church.
Women in the Catholic Church -- Micronesia (Federated States) -- Pulap Atoll.
Women -- Micronesia (Federated States) -- Pulap Atoll -- Religion.
Women -- Micronesia (Federated States) -- Pulap Atoll -- Rites and ceremonies.
Women -- Micronesia (Federated States) -- Pulap Atoll -- Social conditions.
Pulap Atoll (Micronesia) -- Religious life and customs.
Pulap Atoll (Micronesia) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009035821
ISBN 0824860519 (electronic bk.)
0824870824
1441671420 (electronic bk.)
9780824860516 (electronic bk.)
9780824870829
9781441671424 (electronic bk.)
(hc ; alk. paper)