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Mary, the Devil, and Taro – Catholicism and Women's Work in a Micronesian Society - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Mary, the Devil, and Taro: Catholicism and Women's Work in a Micronesian Society

Juliana Flinn


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, the book reveals how women practice, interpret, and shape their own Catholicism on Pollap Atoll, part of Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia. It 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. The book begins with an overview of the Feast ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, religion, patriarchal, women, Pollap Atoll, Micronesia, mothering, Mary, Immaculate Conception, motherhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833749
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliana Flinn, author
University of Arkansas at Little Rock