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洗礼親バカ、また現る

「コンパドラズゴ」とよばれる儀礼的親族制度は、カトリック研究だけでなく、双系制の拡大家族やパトロンークライアント関係など、幅広くフィリピン研究において言及されてきた。もう一度だけ確認しておくと、洗礼や堅信礼、あるいは教会婚などカトリックの人生儀礼の際に、儀礼の当事者の本当の親とは別に、教父や教母とよばれる儀礼的なオヤが定められるというもの。教父と教母は最低1組いればいいのだが、多くの場合は複数名が依頼され引き受ける。

そして、(研究者も含む)フィリピン滞在の長い外国人の多くは、この複数名の教父や教母の1人となることを経験する。しかも、その際にその外国人がカトリックであるかどうかは問われることはない。たとえばこれまで、日本人で非カトリックの僕は、2名のフィリピン人の幼児洗礼に際して、教父を依頼され引き受けてきた。幼児洗礼における教父の務めとは、その子供の一生において、宗教的な導きとなること、そして世俗的には人生におけるサポーターとなること。そんな重大な役目を依頼されて引き受けるのは大変ではないのか、とよく学生に尋ねられる。でも、まったく大変ではないどころか、それはフィリピン人の友人たちに(儀礼的であっても)家族として受け入れられた光栄な喜びだと僕は考えている。

前置きは長くなったけれど、僕が教父となった1人の女の子Mai-maiは、はっきり言って驚くほどにかわいい。この辺りから先は完全に洗礼親バカなので、申し訳けないけれど許してほしい。

Mai-maiはかわいい。なぜどうしてこんなにかわいいんだろうかと不思議に思うけれど、かわいいんだからしかたがない。僕の贔屓目が入っているのだろうと思うけれど、フィリピン人に聞いても日本人に聞いても「かわいいねぇ」というから多分本当にかわいいんだろう。この間、フィリピン政治学者とお互いの洗礼子のかわいさ自慢をしたとき結局勝敗は着かなかったが、僕は間違いなくMai-maiの勝ちだと信じている。ロハスに来るのはもちろん調査のためだけれど、最近は実質的にMai-maiに会うのが95パーセントくらいの目的となりつつある。

彼女に会いに行く前にショッピングモールでぬいぐるみやおもちゃとお土産のドーナツを買って、ロハス市から30分ほどの道のりを行く。到着すると、おうちの人たちはMai-maiに「ManinoyのTito Kenが来たよ」と呼びかける。すると彼女はやや照れながら、こちらでは当たり前の頬にキスで挨拶してくれる。それから、彼女にプレゼントを渡して、あとはひたすら彼女を愛でながら写真を撮り続ける。今回はバスケマンを連れてMai-maiに会いに行ってきた。彼もMai-maiのかわいさには驚いていたようだけれど、「何枚、写真撮る気ですか?」とあきれられてしまった。小学校に行く彼女についていったら、突然授業参観もさせてもらった。その後、僕にとっても儀礼的な親族であるMai-maiの家族たちと話したりおやつを食べたり、ゆっくりした時間を過ごすことができた。数時間過ごして、お別れのキスをしてもらい再びロハスに戻る。すばらしく慈愛に満ちた平和な時間。

次にMai-maiに会いに来れるのはいつだろうか。6歳になった彼女が、相変わらずかわいらしく元気で育ってほしいと切に願う。

以下、リクエスト続出のMai-maiの写真を少しだけ。でも、実物はこの1億倍かわいいです。

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プレゼントを抱えるMai-mai

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何を見ているの?

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幼馴染のHoneyと

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おうちの庭で2ショット

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Mai-maiのクラスメートの子供たち

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Comments

Titoって。。。笑
Kuyaじゃないのね^^

Posted by: mabuti_naman | August 13, 2008 09:06 PM

親バカっぷり、なんとなくわかりますー。
ステイ先の幼かった弟クンたち。小さくて、泣き虫で、可愛くって、何でも許してあげちゃいたい・・・って感じでした。

今ではすっかり社会人となって、一緒にお酒も飲みに行く。彼らの成長をみていると、確実に時間が流れていることを実感するばかりです。

Posted by: maru | August 13, 2008 11:20 PM

>この間、フィリピン政治学者とお互いの洗礼子のかわいさ自慢をしたとき結局勝敗は着かなかったが、僕は間違いなくMai-maiの勝ちだと信じている。

その場に同席した第三者として一言。あの日のお二人の自慢話っぷりったら…。失礼ながら、親バカをとうに通り超してバカそのものでしたよ!(ごめんなさい)

私が教母になった子の一人はずいぶん大きくなってから洗礼儀式を受けたので、いまは中学生。反抗期真っ盛りで、ぜーんぜんかわいくないですよ!(それでも何かにつけお土産あげたり映画連れて行ったり外食させたりしちゃいますけど。)
Azumaさんも、素直に甘えてもらえるいまのうちにMai-Mai溺愛をお楽しみ下さい。

ちなみに、私はTitaじゃなくAteって呼ばせ続けてます!

Posted by: saging | August 14, 2008 02:14 PM

>mabuti_namanさん

やっぱりそこ気付いたか(笑)。30過ぎたらTitoでも文句は言いません。

>maruさん

初めて会ったときはまだ小学生だった男の子が、昨日一緒に酒を飲んでいたグループの中に混じっていました。

時の流れを感じますね。

>sagingさん

バカでもいいからMai-maiの方がかわいいんです。

あなたはまだAteでも許されるでしょう。

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