Moved by Mary: the power of pilgrimage in the modern world

Anna-Karina Hermkens (Editor), Willy Janssen (Editor), Catrien Notermans (Editor)

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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 Far from an outdated practice of little relevance to the modern world, Marian pilgrimage expresses the deep and urgent concerns of a wide range of people.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 from all over the world, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham, UK ; Burlington, USA
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages282
ISBN (Electronic)9781351916585
ISBN (Print)9780754667896, 9780754667926
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

First published 2009 by Ashgate Publishing. Published 2016 by Routledge.


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