By Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A suite that exhibits Freeman's many modes - romantic, gothic, and psychologically symbolic - in addition to her use of pathos and sentimentality, humour, satire and irony. those tales centre on questions of women's integrity, braveness and privation; discover the belief of masculinity; and dramatise the connection among rural New England and smooth tradition and trade. additionally integrated this is 'The Jamesons', a chain of sketches approximately village lifestyles reprinted for the 1st time because the flip of the twentieth century.
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Angelita studied Karl Marx at the Marxist school run by Cubans in Mexico City, and in her studies, realized the many parallels between (pure) Marxist beliefs and indigenous beliefs: For hundreds of years white men had been telling the people of the Americas to forget the past; but now the white man Marx came along and he was telling people to remember. The old-time people had believed the same thing: they must reckon with the past because within it lay seeds of the present and future. They must reckon with the past because within it lay this present moment and also the future moment.
That these attempts were only partially successful, however, leading to a hybridization of Catholic and pagan religion can be seen in the emphasis of these figures’ connection to the earth, in the case of Our Lord of Esquipúlas specifically the healing powers of the earth at his shrine at Chimayó. The narrator in Ana Castillo’s novel So Far from God (1993), describing Doña Felicia, a curandera, and her apprentice Caridad’s pilgrimage to Chimayó, refers to this connection and to the “coincidence” of the appearance of the Black Christ at a place of Tewa worship: Now, of course there are a lot of amazing aspects to this legend because Nuestro Señor de Esquipúlas was the black Christ of the far-off land of the converted Indians of Esquipúlas, Guatemala, and how He got to the land of the Tewa is anybody’s guess!
This hybridization of spirituality is not always smooth and varies in its emphasis and inclusion of each religion’s elements, symbols, and rituals. As has been discussed in the previous chapter, during the conquest of Mexico and what is now called the American Southwest, the conquistadors took advantage of the knowledge they had gained about the native tribes’ worldview and religions to be received on friendly terms, paving the way for their ruthless conquering practices. Moreover, due to native peoples’ polytheistic cosmology, tribes often had little trouble accepting Jesus Christ and including him as one more god into their pantheon.
A New-England Nun: And Other Stories (Penguin Classics) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman