Women in Catholicism or the eternal absence
- Autor/es: Carmen Castilla-Vázquez, Jessica Savage-Hanford.
- Publicación: Revista de Humanidades.
- Localización: N. 29 (2016).
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/rdh.29.2016.17221.
- ISSN: 2340-8995.
- Páginas: 153-167.
- Idioma: Inglés.
- Enlace descarga: http://revistas.uned.es/index.php/rdh/article/view/17221.
Based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in the provinces of Huelva and Seville (Spain), this article reflects on the current situation, participation and aspirations of Andalusian women in Catholicism. Female activity in the religious sphere is shown to often manifest as an extension of domestic tasks and, as such, is seen as less visible and often less valued. The activities carried out by men, however, are more perceptible in that they are enacted in public, a space traditionally reserved for men. The article also considers Andalusia´s most important voluntary associations -the Brotherhoods- and the rituals most relevant to them. As such, the processions, religious pilgrimages, visits to sanctuaries as well as the system of asking for religious favours are analysed. The outcome of such analysis is that, despite the importance of both the presence and participation of women in religious rites, the predominant role in such activities remains largely male.