Moved by Mary: The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World

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Anna-Karina Hermkens, Willy Jansen, Catrien Notermans
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Religion - 267 pages
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The Virgin Mary continues to attract devotees to her images and shrines. In Moved by Mary, anthropologists, geographers and historians explore how people and groups around the world identify and join with Mary in their struggle against social injustice, and how others mobilize Mary to impose ideas and rules and legitimize acts of violence and suppression.Far from an outdated practice of little relevance to the modern world, Marian pilgrimage expresses the deep and urgent concerns of a wide range of people. With examples of Marian pilgrimages in Europe, America, South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Moved by Mary explores the ways in which men and women of different ages and religious, political, social-economic and ethnic backgrounds empower themselves to deal with modern-day issues with Mary's help. The ethnographic cases reveal the cultural and devotional variation of Marian pilgrimage, but also global similarities. Collectively, the contributors to Moved by Mary show how in many places religion dramatically suffuses everyday life.
  

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Contents

Mary on the Margins? The Modulation of Marian Imagery
17
Marian Images and Religious Identities in the Middle East
33
Fatima
49
Marys Journeys through the Warscape of Bougainville
69
A Polish Master Symbol
87
Finding Faith at the Sacred Source
101
Religious Materialization of Neoliberal Politics at
117
Remembering
135
Mary Death and the Feminization
149
Matrifocality
165
Networks
183
Legitimization or Suppression? The Effect of Marys
201
Marian Apparitions as Alternative
215
Bibliography
239
Index
257
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