Entering Into the Serpent

In “Entering Into the Serpent,” I believe Glorita Anzaldúa talks about her life as a Chicana and the different things that have happened to her and some of them are negative.  Due to this she believes very strongly that she has the ability to capture the depth of her soul. She references this as the “la facultad” and believes this capability is not controlled in the mind but in the body.  In the beginning it is a survival tactic that is developed by those who have suffered and experienced oppression; it is an ability to capture danger, a threat, through the smell of another or through a tingling on the skin. People who do not feel safe are more likely to experience this. As the person becomes more experienced they can identify just about anything that can cause them danger or try to take down one’s defenses and resistance. It is through this second stage that awareness – “the experiencing of the soul” – is reached.

Anzaldua writes about the different psychic experiences she has as a child and how at first she did not think they were real. She denied their occurrences and let her inner sense atrophy. I believe that Anzaldúa’s journey through the darkness symbolizes her realization and acceptance of being different.

Anzaldua also talks about the great devotion to the “la Virgen de Guadalupe” in the Chicano and Mexican culture and how the western culture tried to destroy that.  She believes that the western culture tried to make objects of things and people and distanced itself from them thereby they lost touch with them.

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