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|CSM Number : 368|
|Short name:||The Woman who Coughed up a Snake||Alternative:||Woman coughs up snake|
|Incipit:||Como nos dá carreiras|
|Refrain:||Como nos dá carreiras/ a Virgen que façamos/ ben, outrossi nos mostra/ como mal non ajamos.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Cordoba||Protagonist(s):||a woman with a snake in her stomach|
A woman, named Mary, lived in Cordoba next to the Church of Holy Mary the Great [the former great mosque]. She believed that she had a snake in her stomach and she travelled through Extremadura and then to Castile.
The abbot of Silos [Santo Domingo?] appeared to her in a vision and instructed her to go there. He said that the Virgin would show her how to get well.
When she got to Silos, she had another vision. This time, she was instructed to visit Santa Maria do Porto. The next day, the woman set off for that place.
When she arrived, she held a vigil and fell asleep in front of the altar. In a vision, the Virgin instructed her to go to the cathedral at Cádiz at daybreak.
She boarded a ship and they put out to see. When the people on board saw Cádiz and the church they praised the God and the Virgin.
Then the woman coughed up a red snake, like a thick eel. Everyone was amazed and praised the Virgin.
|Stanza:||13' 13' 13' 13'||Refrain:||13' 13'|
|No. of Stanzas:||11|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|apparition, cough, dream, pilgrimage, Saint Dominic of Silos, snake, tomb, vigil, vision, eel|
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|Towards a critical anthology of pre-modern bosom serpent folklore|
Ermacora, Davide, Roberto Labanti and Andrea Marcon
|Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X|
|Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500|
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
|Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria|
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
|La iglesia de Santa Cruz (Cadiz) en las CSM (368) de Alfonso X el Sabio|
Montoya Martínez, Jesús