Analysis Of The Poem ' Meditations Of The Spirit ' Essay

1706 WordsDec 13, 20167 Pages
Kate Bagley and Kathleen McIntosh wrote a thought-provoking book that compiles the experiences and struggles of dozens of women within differing religious traditions. Each women’s account is unique in how they choose to deal with their personal realities and how their religions are able or failed to help them cope with those realities. Each woman had to make the choice to either accept their religion exactly the way it is, to reform their religious tradition, or to reject institutionalized religions completely and find their own path to experience the divine. The women I am highlighting demonstrate each response and show that there are multiple ways to encounter the sacred. The women’s story that I am looking at first is Inéz Hernández-Ávila and her struggle to reclaim her Native American and Aztec heritage. Inés Hernández-Ávila writes in her article “Meditations of the Spirit” about the struggle to reclaim her native religious traditions from the people who suppressed them and try to exploit them. Her goal as a Native American woman and scholar is to preserve and continue the sacred traditions of her ancestors. She talks a lot about the conflict of being a researcher and wanting to describe the intricate practices of a sweat lodge or the Malinche ceremony to people, but knowing that there is a potential for people to abuse this information (Bagley and McIntosh 55-57). Since Native American religions traditionally respect women, Inés Hernández-Ávila’s struggle is to
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