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Decolonizing EpistemologiesLatina/o Theology and Philosophy$
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Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Eduardo Mendieta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823241354

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.001.0001

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Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination

Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination

(p.207) Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination
Decolonizing Epistemologies

Mayra Rivera Rivera

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The central aim of Mayra Rivera Rivera's contribution is to point toward a theology that emerges and returns to the body words, the corporeal memory, of Latinas. Rivera Rivera argues that knowledge is produced by and through bodies, which bear the memory of the power effects of knowledge. She seeks to lay out the building blocks of a Latina incarnational theology, or that thinking about God that has as its point of departure the fundamental fact that Jesus Christ was a mortal human who suffered the inequity of human society in his flesh. Importantly, this embodiment took place in Mary’s, the mother of God's body. Incarnational theology thus also starts from gendered embodiment. The author takes these fundamental theological tenets and rearticulates them through what she calls “Latina body-words.”

Keywords:   Incarnational theology, Latina/o theology, embodiment, gendered embodiment, body-words

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