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„Традиционно" и „модерно" чудо в култа на Дева Мария в европейските католически култури (По материали от Франция, Испания, Португалия и Хърватска)
"Traditional" and "Modern" Miracle in the Cult to Virgin Mary in the European Catholic Cultures (On Materials from France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia)

Author(s): Galina Valchinova
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: Drawing on three national traditions, which remain emblematic for Roman Catholicism, the paper offers a panorama of miracles related to, and occurring in, the framework of Marian worship. Its first part provides the background for core development, that is to say definitions and contextualization needed to make meaningful the separation between 'traditional' and 'modern' miracle. This is a largely historiographical review, which draws on three basic works for the study of miracle in Western and especially Catholic cultures: Sigal 1985; Word 1987; Kselman 1983. The second part offers a panoramic view of the most renowned pilgrimage sites where powerful devotional movements spread out of a miraculous vision and/or apparition of the Virgin Mary. Most of them, are in France: the review includes the miracles of 'rue du Вас', La Salette, Lourdes, Pontmain. For the choice and the presentation of Spanish examples 1 draw exclusively on W. A. Christian's vast work. A brief note on Fatima precedes the detailed presentation of the last site, Medjugorje, the only one in which substantial fieldwork has been done by the author. In the conclusion, I try to make evident some of the deep driving forces and the social/cultural landscapes that might bring about miracles related to powerful Christian figures even in our days and time.

  • Issue Year: XXVIII/2002
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 53-65
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian