Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in…

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byAnna Fedele

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Anna 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 Catholicfigures, 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 ofanthropological 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 worshipof 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.

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Anna 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 Catholicfigures, symbols, and sites according to spiritua...

Anne Fedele is a research fellow at the Center for Research in Anthropology at Lisbon University Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199898421

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. "Going to see Mary Magdalene": Starting out on a Pilgrimage2. The Lost Connection with the Feminine3. The Sainte-Baume and Its Many Layers4. Pilgrims Dealing with their Christian Backgrounds5. Celebrrating Menstrual Blood6. Wounded Magdalenes7. Embracing the Darkness8. Ending the Pilgrimage and Returning HomeConclusionReferencesMaps