Llorona's Children Religion, Life, and Death in the U. S.-Mexican Borderlands
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Description: Luis D. Leoacute;n's compelling, innovative exploration of religion in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands issues a fundamental challenge to current scholarship in the field and recharts the landscape of Chicano faith.La Llorona's Childrenconstructs genealogies of the major traditions spanning Mexico City, East Los Angeles, and the southwestern United States: Guadalupe devotion,curanderismo, espiritualismo,and evangelical/ Pentecostal traditions. Leoacute;n theorizes a religious poetics that functions as an effective and subversive survival tactic akin to crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. He claims that, when examined in terms of broad categorical religious forms and intentions, these traditions are remarkably alike and resonate religious ideas and practices developed in the ancient Mesoamerican world. Leoacute;n proposes what he calls a borderlands reading of La Virgen de Guadalupe as a transgressive, border-crossing goddess in her own right, amestizadeity who displaces Jesus and God for believers on both sides of the border. His energetic discussion ofcuranderismoshows how this indigenous religious practice links cognition and sensation in a fresh and powerful technology of the body--one where sensual, erotic, and sexualized ways of knowing emphasize personal and communal healing.La Llorona's Childrenends with a fascinating study of the rich and complex world of Chicano/a Pentecostalism in Los Angeles, a tradition that Leoacute;n maintains allows Chicano men to reimagine their bodies into a unified social body through ritual performance. Throughout the narrative, the connections among sacred spaces, saints, healers, writers, ideas, and movements are woven with skill, inspiration, and insight.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/29/2004
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction. In Search of La Llorona's Children: Reimagining Religion|
|The Terror of Postcolonial History: Eternal Returns in the Borderlands|
|Virtual Virgin Nation: Mexico City as Sacred Center of Memory|
|Religious Transnationalism: A Mexican Virgin in L.A.|
|El Don: The Gift of Healing, from Mesoamerica to the Borderlands|
|Diaspora Spirits: From the Virgin city to the City of Angels|
|Born Again in East L.A., and Beyond|
|Conclusion. Fin de Siglo in the Borderlands: So Far from God, So Close to the United States|