Mother Figured: Marian Apparitions And The Making Of A Filipino Universal

Paperback | December 30, 2015

byDeirdre De La Cruz

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There is no female religious figure so widely known and revered as the Virgin Mary. Mary has inspired in cultures around the world a deep devotion, a desire to emulate her virtue, and a strong belief in her power. Perhaps no population has been so deeply affected by this maternal figure as Filipino Catholics, whose apparitions of Mary have increased in response to recent events, drawing from a broad repertoire of the Catholic supernatural and pulling attention to new articulations of Christianity in 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.

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There is no female religious figure so widely known and revered as the Virgin Mary. Mary has inspired in cultures around the world a deep devotion, a desire to emulate her virtue, and a strong belief in her power. Perhaps no population has been so deeply affected by this maternal figure as Filipino Catholics, whose apparitions of Mary ...

Deirdre de la Cruz is assistant professor of Southeast Asian studies and history at the University of Michigan. 
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 30, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022631491X

ISBN - 13:9780226314914

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Spelling

Introduction

Part One: Images

Chapter One: The Authority of Appearances
Chapter Two: First Filipino Apparition

Part Two: Visions

Chapter Three: Mary, Mediatrix
Chapter Four: Petals for the Public

Part Three: Mass Movements

Chapter Five: Of Crusaders and Crowds
Chapter Six: Coincidence and Consequence

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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“De la Cruz offers a complex and detailed set of arguments about a topic which has been a blind spot in studies of Philippine Catholicism up until now. With Mother Figured, she addresses two major gaps in this subject  to date. First, she offers a fascinating ethnographic account of elite and middle class religious practice to compare with existing work on rural Catholicism; second, and simultaneously,  she provides the first major study of the cult of Mary in its Philippine forms, to compare with the rich literature on Marianism in Europe, Latin America, and beyond. It is an accomplished, theoretically sophisticated, and carefully nuanced book that represents tremendous scholarly labor, against the odds of destroyed archives and uncooperative visionaries. It combines both ethnographic and historical approaches throughout—an important strength. Original, imaginative, elegantly written, and clearly structured, and full of fascinating case study material, Mother Figured is a timely book and clearly a major contribution to the field.”