The Bearing of Burdens: Suffering, Containment, and Healing

  • Maya Mayblin
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


One November afternoon, as I was at the chapel altar (which was the coolest place I could find) writing up field notes under the watchful gazes of St. Judas and St. Rita, a young woman called Moça stuck her hands through the open upper half of the back door and clapped to get my attention. Leaving the coolness of the altar I stepped outside to see what she wanted. “Maya,” she whispered urgently when I appeared, “I would like you to meet my aunt Tia Ana. She has suffered greatly you know.” Before I could even respond, Moça started off down the track, arm extended in invitation for me to follow.


Married Woman State Pension Ethical Project Catholic Woman Speech Genre 
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