Maria Clara in the Twenty-first Century: The Uneasy Discourse between the Cult of the Virgin Mary and Filipino Women’s Lived Realities

Vol 36 No. 2 (2017) Religious Studies and Theology

Jeane C. Peracullo [+-]
De La Salle University
De La Salle University

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The Virgin Mary looms large as the image of a “good” Filipina or Filipino woman in both cultural and religious landscapes in the Philippines. A “good Filipina” imagery points specifically to the weak or passive woman, who is represented by a satirical character named Maria Clara. The Roman Catholic Church reinforces such imagery to highlight the Madonna-Whore dichotomy. However, in the twenty-first century, Filipino women have come to challenge the image of a good woman as weak and passive person. This paper explores the challenges that Filipinas face in their everyday lives, which call for a re-examination of the role of Catholic faith in their lived experiences.

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Peracullo, Jeane C.. Maria Clara in the Twenty-first Century: The Uneasy Discourse between the Cult of the Virgin Mary and Filipino Women’s Lived Realities. Religious Studies and Theology, United Kingdom. v. 36, n. 2 p. 139-154 Nov 2017. ISSN 1747-5414. https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/RST/article/view/35155. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/rsth.35155. Nov 2017

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