Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination

Mayra Rivera Rivera

in Decolonizing Epistemologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823241354
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241392 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)

Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination

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The central aim of Mayra Rivera Rivera's contribution is to point toward a theology that emerges and returns to the body words, the corporeal memory, of Latinas. Rivera Rivera argues that knowledge is produced by and through bodies, which bear the memory of the power effects of knowledge. She seeks to lay out the building blocks of a Latina incarnational theology, or that thinking about God that has as its point of departure the fundamental fact that Jesus Christ was a mortal human who suffered the inequity of human society in his flesh. Importantly, this embodiment took place in Mary’s, the mother of God's body. Incarnational theology thus also starts from gendered embodiment. The author takes these fundamental theological tenets and rearticulates them through what she calls “Latina body-words.”

Keywords: Incarnational theology; Latina/o theology; embodiment; gendered embodiment; body-words

Chapter.  7092 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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