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St. Martin de Porres :

St. Martin de Porres

"Little Stories" and the Semiotics of Culture

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Published: 1st September 1995
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The little stories and the traditions that grew up around Saint Martin de Porres of Peru are fascinating and every bit as charming as the stories told of Saint Francis of Assisi. But as Garcia-Rivera shows, these deceptively simple stories reveal much more. For the first time Garcia-Rivera unpacks these stories, using the semiotic method and insights garnered from the works of Robert Schreiter, Eugene Genovese, and Antonio Gramsci.To build this method of theological reflection Garcia-Rivera addresses such questions as: does an authentic Latin American theology exist? If it exists, where and how can it be expounded? What does Saint Martin de Porres beatification process tell us? How do the little stories reflect and extend the great theological debate of Valladolid in 1550, with BartolomA de las Casas and Juan Gines de Sepulveda arguing whether the Indians were even human beings? Using the semiotics of culture to delve into these stories, the author provides rich and astonishing insights into the power of the little story, told and retold over time by ordinary folk, that make possible the Big Story of universal principles of human reality.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
A Mystery in Limap. 1
Finding the "Little Story"p. 9
Reading the "Little Story"p. 25
The Violent and Unequal Encounter of Culturesp. 40
Dog Stories and a Ladderp. 58
The Ill and the Woundedp. 70
The Criaturas of St. Martinp. 85
The Anthropology of Creaturelinessp. 97
Notesp. 107
Bibliographyp. 123
Indexp. 141
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ISBN: 9781570750335
ISBN-10: 1570750335
Series: Faith & culture series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 142
Published: 1st September 1995
Publisher: Orbis Books (USA)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25