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CSM Number : 372
Short name: The Rabid Woman Alternative: Rabid woman is healed
Incipit: Muit’ éste mayor cousa
Refrain: Muit’ éste mayor cousa/ en querer se mostrar/ a Virgen aos omes/ ca d’ enfermos sãar.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Niebla and Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): a woman with rabies

A woman from Nielba contracted rabies. For five days, she had nothing to eat or drink and could not rest. She bit people and barked like a dog.

The people bound her hands and feet and brought her to Santa Maria do Porto.

When the woman entered the church and saw the altar, she calmed down and slept.

The Virgin appeared to her, took her by the hand, and told her that she had come to cure her. She advised her to have something to eat and drink.

The woman asked for some food and the people gave it to her.

Her husband, realising that his wife had been cured, praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 13 13 Refrain: 13 13
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E372
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
apparition, madness, pilgrimage, rabies, vigil, appetite (loss of) , dog
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4124
Bibliography
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
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
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel