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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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(p.160) Chapter 8 Conclusion
Mary, the Devil, and Taro

Juliana Flinn

University of Hawai'i Press

The concluding chapter examines the implications of Pollapese images of Mary and their notions of motherhood for women's ongoing productive roles, especially in comparison with Western notions and with contexts in which women have been pulled or kept out of production. Imagery surrounding Mary in the Catholic Church has been criticized for oppressing women, supporting male dominance, and promoting an ideal of women as submissive, compliant, humble, and relegated to domestic life. In response, feminist theology has been attempting to revise Mary's image in order to promote a more powerful and autonomous one. The chapter argues that in many respects, Pollapese have an image of Mary quite close to what is being recommended as a strong image for Western cultures. In the activities and beliefs that surround the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, they celebrate the strength of mothering and women's contribution to sustaining the entire community.

Keywords:   Mary, female role, motherhood, female status, Christianity

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