Llorona's Children by Luis D. Leon
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Llorona's Children
By Luis D. Leon

La Llorona's Children

Religion, Life, and Death in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

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Llorona's Children by Luis D. Leon

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Luis D. Leon's compelling, innovative exploration of religion in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands issues a fundamental challenge to current scholarship in the field and recharts the landscape of Chicano faith. La Llorona's Children constructs genealogies of the major traditions spanning Mexico City, East Los Angeles, and the southwestern United States: Guadalupe devotion, curanderismo, espiritualismo, and evangelical/ Pentecostal traditions. Leon theorizes a religious poetics that functions as an effective and subversive survival tactic akin to crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. He claims that, when examined in terms of broad categorical religious forms and intentions, these traditions are remarkably alike and resonate religious ideas and practices developed in the ancient Mesoamerican world. Leon proposes what he calls a borderlands reading of La Virgen de Guadalupe as a transgressive, border-crossing goddess in her own right, a mestiza deity who displaces Jesus and God for believers on both sides of the border. His energetic discussion of curanderismo shows how this indigenous religious practice links cognition and sensation in a fresh and powerful technology of the body--one where sensual, erotic, and sexualized ways of knowing emphasize personal and communal healing. La Llorona's Children ends with a fascinating study of the rich and complex world of Chicano/a Pentecostalism in Los Angeles, a tradition that Leon maintains allows Chicano men to reimagine their bodies into a unified social body through ritual performance. Throughout the narrative, the connections among sacred spaces, saints, healers, writers, ideas, and movements are woven with skill, inspiration, and insight.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520223516
ISBN-10: 0520223519
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 331
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 23-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Luis D. Leon

Luis D. Leon is visiting assistant professor in Ethnic Studies and Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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