CAHSS Faculty Articles

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

1-2009

Publication Title

Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal

ISSN

0190-2008

Volume

7

Issue/No.

1 & 2

First Page

1

Last Page

12

Abstract

As occurs with the female protagonists' connection with and devotion to goddess figures, La isla de los amores infinitos also stresses the powers that women themselves possess. Therefore, despite their ethnic background (Asian, African, or European or a mixture of the three), the women in Chaviano's novel possess clairvoyant abilities. According to the scholars, women subscribe to the practice, "... undoubtedly due to the spiritual possibilities it affords them, that they cannot find in mainstream religions. The spirit hierarchy is egalitarian; spiritual categories are not linked to age, race, class, or sex, and ascending in the spiritual pyramid is open to all".

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