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By Jeanette Rodriguez

The universal "blood" of a people—that imperceptible move that binds neighbor to neighbor and new release to generation—derives a lot of its power from cultural reminiscence. Cultural stories are these transformative old stories that outline a tradition, at the same time time passes and it adapts to new affects. For oppressed peoples, cultural reminiscence engenders the spirit of resistance; no longer strangely, a few of its strongest incarnations are rooted in faith. during this interdisciplinary exam, Jeanette Rodriguez and Ted Fortier discover how 4 such kinds of cultural reminiscence have preserved the spirit of a specific people.

Cultural Memory isn't a comparative paintings, however it is a multicultural one, with 4 exact case reviews: a dead ringer for Our girl of Guadalupe and the devotion it evokes between Mexican americans; the position of secrecy and rite one of the Yaqui Indians of Arizona; the evolving narrative of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador as transmitted during the church of the bad and the martyrs; and the syncretism of Catholic Tzeltal Mayans of Chiapas, Mexico. In every one case, the authors' spiritual credentials eased the resistance encountered by way of social scientists and different researchers. the result's a landmark paintings in cultural experiences, a talk among a liberation theologian and a cultural anthropologist at the non secular nature of cultural reminiscence and the facility it brings to people who wield it.

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