Marian Devotion Among the Roma in Slovakia: Post-Modern Religious Response to Marginality
In this book Tatiana Zachar Podolinská explores how post-modern Marian devotion represents both the continuation and restoration of tradition in the modern world. The monograph was also published as an electronic publication in e-book format.
Podolinská illuminates how Mary as a Great Enchantress has colonised the modern world and survived mandatory atheism in communist countries. The resilience of Marian devotion in the face of the secularising forces of modernity is due to how fluidly it mixes pre-modern and ultra-modern elements of beliefs and practices with the grassroot current of post-modern Christianity. At the same time, Podolinská elucidates how Mary has become the voice of peripheral ethnic groups and nations. This book specifically explains the devotion of the post-modern Mary among the Roma in Slovakia and explores how this community copes with marginalisation, creating islands of marginal centrality. By approaching the ethnicised and enculturated forms of the Virgin Mary (i.e. Chocolate Marys), the book illuminates her potential for helping the Slovak Roma on their own path from the periphery to the center.
Marian devotion; Virgin Mary; Gypsies; religiosity