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Holy HarlotsFemininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil$
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Kelly Hayes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262645

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262645.001.0001

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Maria Molambo's Revenge

Maria Molambo's Revenge

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(p.158) Chapter 7 Maria Molambo's Revenge
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Holy Harlots
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Kelly E. Hayes

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0007

This chapter suggests that in Maria Nazaré de Souza Oliveira's retrospective accounts of her spiritual development, it is clear that her relationship with the spirits, in particular Maria Molambo, offered a kind of protection against Nilmar Gonçalves Dos Santos Oliveira's treachery. Paradoxically by invoking the spirit of a prostitute in the context of her struggles with Nilmar, Nazaré reinforced her claims as a wife. Far from resolving her troubles with her husband, however, working with the spirits also exacerbated the tensions in their domestic life. As an example of the former, consider the following story that Nazaré shared one afternoon. Titling it “Molambo and the Maid,” the chapter recounts how she told it, adding explanatory material where needed to clarify important elements of context.

Keywords:   Maria Nazaré de Souza Oliveira, spirits, Maria Molambo, Nilmar Gonçalves Dos Santos Oliveira, treachery, prostitute

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