Maria Molambo's Revenge

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262645
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949430 | DOI:
Maria Molambo's Revenge

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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

Chapter.  6292 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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