This week we discussed various corresponding ways in which gender, health, healing, race, and the environment correspond with each other in latinidad. We examine two guiding Latina figures rarely associated with the institution of marriage, because they are reigning goddess of heavens and earth, and in more ways than one, mothers virginal and almighty: Afro-Cuban Oshún / Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre and Amerindian Pachamama. We appropriated the mythical saying of matrimonial promise, “in sickness and in health” and with that, we explored some miraculous properties of Oshún / La Caridad del Cobre and Pachamama.
In your commentary for this week, compare the synergy of motherhood, authorship, politics subalterity, decoloniality, and rituals that the devotion of Oshún / Caridad del Cobre in Cuba and Pachamama in South America represent, and write how you see some of those synergies incorporated in JLo’s political resistance to motherhood and women’s submission in “Ain’t Your Mama.”
Please, post your comment by Sunday at 5pm. Apologies for posting this prompter late, I have been bedridden since yesterday. If you need more time, no worries. Make sure, though, that you do not let this post hanging for too late, for that will erase the memories of our discussion this week. Wishing you all peace and health.