Traces of the Virgin Mary in Post-Communist Europe

Zachar Podolinská Tatiana (ed.): Traces of the Virgin Mary in Post-Communist Europe. Bratislava: Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology SAS – VEDA SAS 2019, 424 p., ISBN: 978-80-224-1782-2.

Even though Jesus had only one Mother, and there is only one Virgin Mary, tracing her mundane faces and varieties of her devotion across the centuries and continents has led us to the conclusion that there are as many Marys as there are people and nations who are devoted to her. This publication observes the current diversity of the forms of Marian devotion in post-Communist countries through different national and geographically defined contours and, in particular, the ability of the Virgin Mary to satisfy the hunger for modern spirituality and authentic religiousness, give voice to unofficial and popular religions, revitalise and redefine old places of cult and add new ones, appease war conflicts, speak out on behalf of nations and marginalised ethnic groups, and guard national and conservative values.

ISBN: 978-80-224-1782-2


Traces of the Virgin Mary in Post-Communist Europe. p. 16-55
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská

Sacred Sites Reinterpreted: New Age Phenomena at a Hungarian Marian Shrine. p. 56-74
Judit Kis-Halas

Manifestations of Marian Devotion in the Czech Republic – the Past and Present. p. 76-94
Markéta Holubová

The Reception of Recent Marian Apparitions in the Czech Republic in the Field of Popular Religiosity – Two Examples. p. 96-125
Vojtěch Tutr

Contemporary Models of Marian Discourse in Slovakia. p. 126-151
Roman Kečka

Marian Dedications within the Current Cultural Space of Slovakia. p. 152-171
Juraj Majo

Vision and Video. Marian Apparition, Spirituality and Popular Religion. p. 204-233
Hubert Knoblauch – Sabine Petschke

Travelling Through the Battle Fields. The Cult of the Bogorodica in Serbian Tradition and Contemporary Times. p. 234-249
Aleksandra Pavićević

The Worship of Mary in the Region of Asenovgrad (Central Southern Bulgaria): Sites, Rituals and Narratives. p. 250-282
Vihra Baeva – Albena Georgieva

‘From Periphery to the Centre’: Private Apparition of the Virgin Mary (An In-depth Qualitative Analysis of the Apparition's Narrative with Field Journal Notes) p. 284-326
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská

The Marian Apparition of Seuca/Szőkefalva in the Context of Religious and Ethnical Interferences. p. 328-350
Lehel Peti