Mary, the Devil, and Taro: Catholicism and Women's Work in a Micronesian Society by Juliana Flinn
English | Jan. 31, 2010 | ISBN: 0824833740 | 210 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
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.