The Man to Send Rainclouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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What is the moral of the story, "The Man to Send Rainclouds"?

What is the moral of the story, "The Man to Send Rainclouds"?

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The moral of the short story is one of compromise. When Ken and Leon discover that the old man, Teofilo, has died, they prepare the body in a way that is traditional to them. They tie a feather in the old man's hair, wrap him in a blanket, paint his face, and sprinkle cornmeal over the body. As they head back to the pueblo with the body in the back of the truck, they encounter the young priest. They do not share the news of Teofilo's death, perhaps because they want to follow their own traditions in the burial. However, Leon's wife, Louise, suggests that they ask the priest to sprinkle holy water on the body. Her reason for this is not to honor the Christian tradition but to ensure that Teofilo will not be thirsty. The priest at first declines the request. He explains to...

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