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Religions 2016, 7(7), 94;

Mothers and Spirits: Religious Identity, Alcohol, and Death

Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, USA
Academic Editors: Douglas James Davies and Michael J. Thate
Received: 17 April 2016 / Revised: 14 June 2016 / Accepted: 6 July 2016 / Published: 19 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, and Identity)
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Mothers and Spirits examines the intersection of women, alcohol, and death through a comparative analysis. Offering a brief history of the study of drinking, followed by a short analysis of drinking in European and Chinese cultures, Cann examines two religious texts central to the roles of women and alcohol in Chinese religious thought and Christianity. Finally, Cann utilizes the historical and textual background to contextualize her ethnographic study of women, alcohol, and death in Mexican Catholicism, Chinese religions, and American Southern Baptist Christianity. Cann argues that both alcohol and temperance are used as a way to forge, cement, and create gender identity, constructing alternate discourses of power and inclusivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: women; Mary; Mulian; alcohol; Baptist; Santa Muerte; death; female; drinking; temperance women; Mary; Mulian; alcohol; Baptist; Santa Muerte; death; female; drinking; temperance
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