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Mary, the Devil, and TaroCatholicism and Women's Work in a Micronesian Society$
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Juliana Flinn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833749

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833749.001.0001

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

(p.18) Chapter 2 The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Mary, the Devil, and Taro

Juliana Flinn

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides an overview of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Pollap and an introduction to the imagery of Mary for the islanders. According to Catholic tradition, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, held on December 8, celebrates Mary being free from original sin from the very moment of her conception. The Pollapese, however, focus on much broader imagery of Mary rather than on the technical meaning of the December 8 celebration. Mary's image is largely that of a mother, not a biologized mother but a productive one, one largely of strength rather than meekness, and one that promotes women's ongoing contribution to the production of key island resources.

Keywords:   Mary, Immaculate Conception, Pollap, mother, motherhood

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