Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion

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Nevertheless, Lomas de Polanco is a special case, as it is becoming a "centre" for the periphery since a huge and well stocked street market takes place twice a week; this attracts customers from surrounding areas and has pushed up house prices, especially around the street market, obliging many families renting and living on very low incomes to move out into less expensive neighbourhoods.
5.
LeVine has pointed out in a study carried out among women in Cuernavaca that this feast has been celebrated by working-class families since the 1950s ( 1993: 60).
6.
There may be a correspondence between the ideal number of damas, chambelanos and the girl. Fourteen people (seven chambelanos and seven damas) could stand for the fourteen years, while the quinceñera represents the fifteenth year/person. The stress is therefore on singularity: she represents the odd number, individuality, that which stands out unmatched.
7.
Fiestas de quinceñeras which go on after this time are criticized by the CEBs-inclined clergy and their assistants in Polanco, because they go beyond the aim of a family gathering.
8.
I refer to groups such as the Adoración Nocturna and the Vela del Santisimo which promote an image of the Virgin Mary that stresses endurance, encompassing love and eternal forgiveness.
9.
Padre Rodolfo has introduced a special moment into the Mass for the "fifteenth" of girls celebrated in Santa Magdalena. During this, the girls have to hold each others' hands and recite a prayer:

Lord, I give you thanks for these fifteen years of my life that you have granted me . . . for my parents, my brothers . . . and for the love with which they have educated me . . . I love and admire this world, that is the work of your hands, the sun, the flowers, the stars, the water the wind and what is born and grows on this earth . . . I recognize that the society I join today, with enhanced consciousness, has many negative aspects . . . nevertheless there are many good people ready to give me a hand to follow the good path.

10.
The girls are made to reaffirm, as in confirmation, the baptismal vow of the rejection of Satan.
11.
Collier, discussing the changes in female self-conception in an Andalusian village, writes: "The status and reputation of the family thus rests on the degree to which its women are protected from penetration--by a woman's sense of sexual shame, by being locked away and/or by the courage of family men in repelling seducers" ( 1986: 101).
12.
The basic costs are those of the dress and shoes of the quinceñera; the food (normally birria--a meat dish--beans and tortillas), soft drinks and beer; the fee for the Mass, which varies from church to church; and the charge for the rental of music equipment.
13.
"Mi hija" is also used between adult women who are not blood relatives and can be used by husbands to their wives. Although an affectionate term, it evokes a status difference between speaker and addressee.
14.
A casa chica is a single female parent household formed by a man in an extra-marital relationship. The father of Ester lives in another state of Mexico, and rarely comes to see his six sons and daughters.

References

Alvarez S. 1990. Women's participation in Brazilian "People's Church": a critical appraisal. Fem. Stud. 16,381-409.

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