Mother Figured Hardback

Marian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal

by Deirdre de la Cruz;

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Mother Figured

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There is no female religious figure so widely known and revered as the Virgin Mary. Throughout history, Mary has inspired in a multitude of cultures around the world a deep affection, a desire to emulate her virtue, and a strong belief in the power of her apparitions and miracles. Perhaps no population has been so deeply affected by this maternal figure as Filipino Catholics, whose apparitions of Mary have increasingly emerged and responded to recent events, drawing from a broad repertoire of the Catholic supernatural as they draw media attention to the global south. In Mother Figured, historical anthropologist Deirdre de la Cruz offers a detailed examination of several appearances and miracles of the Virgin Mary in the Philippines from materials and sites ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. By analyzing the effects of the mass media on the perception and proliferation of apparition phenomena, de la Cruz charts the intriguing emergence of new voices in the Philippines that are broadcasting Marian discourse globally. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork and hitherto unexplored archives in the Philippines, the United States, and Spain, Mother Figured documents the conditions of Marian devotion's modern development and tracks how it has transformed Filipinos' social and political role within the greater Catholic world.

Mother Figured by Deirdre de la Cruz was published by The University of Chicago Press in November 2015. The ISBN for Mother Figured is 9780226314884.

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Details for Mother Figured

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (November 2015)
Number of Pages320
Thickness23 mm
Height231 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4341551
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