Conference: Género Economía Violencia - day 3
A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born.And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.
Susana Chiara offered a re-reading of Revelation 12:1-6 which describes a cosmic battle between a mother seeking to protect her new-born and a great dragon. Susana asked us to read the passage alongside the struggle of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (the mothers of the disappeared). We listened to the testimony of F. whose son had been killed by the military dicatorship:
In my view, the dragon devoured him; but not completely since his memory continues. All A. did in his life is present in the lives of the people that knew him. So they didn’t devour him completely, his work is left for others to continue. In my interpretation, the dragon is the bad people who killed A. and later killed my husband as well, because all this damaged my husband and he died.