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In "The Man to Send Rain Clouds," what is the relationship of the two religions within the community?

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"The Man to Send Rainclouds" opens with family elder Teofilo found deceased beneath a cottonwood tree by his two grandsons, Leon and Ken. The grandsons immediately give their grandfather traditional Laguna Pueblo death rituals such as attaching a feather to his hair and painting his face with different colored paints. However, when the catholic priest Father Paul who lives among them wants to perform the Catholic last rites on Teofila, Ken and Leon do not seek his services and rather move forward with the death ceremony their culture already has.

But when Leon asks Father Paul for holy water to be sprinkled on Teofila's grave—to prevent thirst—the two religions intersect. Father Paul does not want to sprinkle Teofila's body with holy water because it is not the proper order or use of the catholic last rites, but he ends up sprinkling the body nonetheless. This action reveals the serious attempts of the Christian church to infiltrate the native religions of New Mexico by inserting...

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