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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
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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.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13' 13' 13' 13' Refrain: 13' 13'
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
apparition, cough, dream, pilgrimage, Saint Dominic of Silos, snake, tomb, vigil, vision, eel
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Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
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