Becoming a Mujercita: Rituals, Fiestas, and Religious Discourses

Valentina Napolitano

in Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233188
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928473 | DOI:
Becoming a Mujercita: Rituals, Fiestas, and Religious Discourses

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This chapter examines quinceañera ritual that marks a girl's fifteenth birthday in Mexico and the role played by the time of la ilusión which begins with this ritual. It shows why the quinceañera has become such an important ritual in creating female identity in Mexican low-income neighborhoods. It suggests that the fiesta and the mass associated with the ritual embody a process of female self-becoming in which not only continuity, but also discontinuities take place.

Keywords: quinceañera ritual; girls; fifteenth birthday; Mexico; la ilusió; female identity; low-income neighborhoods; female self-becoming

Chapter.  11846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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