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Jacques Gélis

bowels. In the presence of the statue, the priest was asked to recite the first chapter of the Gospel of St John over the head of the child; this was called ‘evangeling’ (evangilier rather than evangeliser) the infant. However, alongside this ceremony encouraged by the Church, many parallel rituals were performed in secret, incorporating covert magical or symbolic connotations.27 The curing process then worked through indirect contact. The parents could bring the nightshirt of the child stricken with colic to the sanctuary and rub it against the statue, or, to be more

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
American colonial and missionary nurses in Puerto Rico, 1900–30
Winifred C. Connerton

explain that evangelising Puerto Rico would not be overly difficult because it was ‘now a part of the United States, and will henceforth be ruled by American ideas, embodied in American institutions and laws, and be molded by the influence of our civilization’.10 Trained nursing became one of several avenues to introducing US culture and ideas in the newly acquired territory. The colonial government also freely connected the colonial mission with the Christian mission promoted by the Protestants. In 1901 the first civil governor of Puerto Rico, Charles Allen, praised

in Colonial caring