Looking for Mary Magdalene Paperback

Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France

by Anna Fedele;


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Anne Fedele offers a comprehensive ethnography of alternative pilgrimages to French Catholic shrines dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Drawing on more than three years of extensive fieldwork, she describes how pilgrims from Italy, Spain, Britain, and the United States interpret Catholic figures, symbols, and sites according to spiritual theories and practices derived from the transnational Neopagan movement. Fedele pays particular attention to the life stories of the pilgrims, the crafted rituals they perform, and the spiritual-esoteric literature they draw upon. She examines how they devise their rituals; why this kind of spirituality is increasingly prevalent in the West; and the influence of anthropological literature on the pilgrims. Among these pilgrims, spirituality is lived and negotiated in interaction with each other and with textual sources: Jungian psychology, Goddess mythology, and "indigenous" traditions merge into a corpus of theories and practices centered upon the worship of divinities such as the Goddess, Mother Earth, and the sacralization of the reproductive cycle.The pilgrims' rituals present a critique of the Roman Catholic Church and the medical establishment and have critical implications for contemporary discourses on gender. Looking for Mary Magdalene is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in ritual and pilgrimage.

Looking for Mary Magdalene by Anna Fedele was published by Oxford University Press in November 2012. The ISBN for Looking for Mary Magdalene is 9780199898428.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (November 2012)
Weight448g
Number of Pages336
Thickness22 mm
Height234 mm
Width164 mm
ISBN9780199898428
ISBN-100199898421
Product Code4038583
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