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Title: Teologias com sabor de Mangostão
Title: (Theologies with the Taste of Mangosteen)
Subtitle: Ensaios em homenagem a Lieve Troch
Subtitle: (Essays in honor of Lieve Troch)
Subject: Christian Feminist Theology;
Subject: Intercultural and interreligious relations
Editor: Isabel Aparecida Felix
Authors: Aloysius Pieris, Arianne van Andel, Diego Irarrazaval, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Felipe F. X. Rodriguez, Gemma Tulud Cruz, Ivone Gebara, Jen-Wen Wang, José Maria Vigil, Jude Lal Fernando, Jung Mo Sung, Lucia Weiler, Maaike de Haardt, Maria José Rosado, Maria Sandra dos Santos, Mercedes de Budallés Diez, Monja Coen, Tissa Balasuriya
Pages: 224
Publisher: Nhanduti 2009
ISBN: 9788560990078
Isabel Aparecida Felix (org.)
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Authors: Aloysius Pieris, Arianne van Andel, Diego Irarrazaval,
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Felipe F. X. Rodriguez, Gemma Tulud Cruz,
Ivone Gebara, Jen-Wen Wang, José Maria Vigil, Jude Lal Fernando,
Jung Mo Sung, Lucia Weiler, Maaike de Haardt, Maria José Rosado,
Maria Sandra dos Santos, Mercedes de Budallés Diez, Monja Coen, Tissa Balasuriya

Teologias com sabor de Mangostão. Ensaios em homenagem a Lieve Troch (Theologies with the Taste of Mangosteen. Essays in honor of Lieve Troch)

Dancing around the Mangosteen

I drew this drawing during one of Lieve’s workshops in Malaysia. Lieve likes the mangosteen and shared with the participants that the mangosteen is a metaphor for God for her.
For many women, to meet God is like eating a mangosteen, a tropical fruit. We first encounter a thick shell, dark and hard.  This could be the shell of doctrines and patriarchal teachings. It could be the shell of the church hierarchy. It could be the shell of thousands of years of tradition. All these seem to frighten us. But if we dare to break the thick shell, we see the beautiful ruby or purple color embracing the soft white flesh. When we pick the white flesh and put it into our mouths, we will taste the serene, humble sweetness of the fruit. It will nourish our body and soul with calmly joy.
This fruit reminds us that we should therefore grapple through the image of a strong (almighty) and strict God to reach the core of God. Then we can finally smell and taste God, and will be nourished. Then we can stand up and begin to dance with confident steps around the mangosteen.
Jen-Wen Wang

Invitation to savor theologies “with the taste of mangosteen”

To cooperate, in a very broad sense, with the making of this book was the biggest challenge that Nhanduti Editora has assumed so far in its short existence, but also a great pleasure and satisfaction. Since Isabel Felix came up with the proposal, we strived to develop and accomplish something that would celebrate much more than “only” the life and work of the honored person: a festschrift that would celebrate life itself by presenting theologies and values present in the whole world, and committed with its transformation.

Theologies with the taste of mangosteen. But, after all, what theologies are they?
It happens to them like it happens to all the most beautiful things in life: each tentative to explain falls short of the pleasure to savor them. They can be stammered in metaphors and sketched in images, but they need to be experienced and lived. The same happens to all divine things, even when they become theologies, when they become words about the divine. Nevertheless, this does not exempt us from the tentative to verbalize, from the responsibility to share what we already have savored or at least what we sense. We could put it like this: theologies with the taste of mangosteen are passions and commitments that became reflections and conceptions hidden inside the dry shell of terms like “feminist theology”, “liberating Bible interpretation”, “intercultural theology”, “interreligious theology”.
Some concrete fruits of these theologies, ripened in Brazil, in Latin America and in other parts of the world, came to us thanks to the generous sharing of theologians, philosophers and sociologists who have committed their lives (and not only the academic one) to life – to a life full of delicious tastes, to a life in abundance. We will do our best to expand this sharing by turning available, some day and by some alternative way, also the original articles written in Spanish and English. And we thank with all our heart this generosity that is much more than a homage rendered to the life of an individual person – it is a homage to life itself.
Therefore we should also remember that fruits serve to inspire and to nourish – and when they become books, they serve to inspire whoever opens them e opens him or herself to them. So we reiterate here the invitation we give to each reader of a Nhanduti book: the invitation to use the book to create networks instead of centralizations, bridges instead of walls, dialogues instead of attacks, sharing instead of indoctrination, interchange instead of enmity, relations of partnership instead of domination.


To do this is the best homage to life, including the life of Lieve Troch.

On behalf on Nhanduti Publishing House

Monika Ottermann

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