The Man to Send Rainclouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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

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Though the two religions in the book present a stark contrast of ideals and culture, they maintain a cold reverence for one another. The indigenous Pueblo group shows respect towards the Catholic newcomers, but refuses to convert to the religion of the settlers. The Catholics, as well, show care for the Pueblo people, but attempt to evangelize to and convert them throughout the story.

The funeral scene is a prime example of this contrast as the two religions both attempt to give their blessing over Teofilo's body. The Pueblo people wrap him in cloth painted with a face on it so that he will be recognized in the afterlife, while the Catholic priest anoints him with holy water. The two clans are respectful of each others' practices, and the priest is even pleased when the Pueblo people accept the holy water as a blessing, in spite of their belief that it will bring rain to the people.

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This novel presents an interesting dichotomy of religion. The traditional Pueblo people are very...

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