For the Catholic people of Santa Lucia, the need to live both morally and productively in the world constitutes something of a paradox. This paradox, as it is locally perceived, crystallizes around an understanding of knowledge (saber/conhecimento), which comes about most explicitly through the loss of innocence (inocência) at marriage. For Santa Lucian people, it is knowledge that simultaneously defines the nature of human beings in the world, makes socially productive relationships possible, causes persons to sin, and provides a unique challenge to the attainment of spiritual salvation. In this book, I have tried to address the ways in which people strive to meet this challenge. Thus I have investigated how, from childhood and through marriage, concepts of spiritual and moral accountability develop and change, and how people negotiate such changes through specific discourses on labor and suffering.
KeywordsMoral Accountability Spiritual Purity Sacrificial Victim Listening Audience Devotional Activity
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