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Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, and Maya Mayblin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288423

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288423.001.0001

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The Rosary as a Meditation on Death at a Marian Apparition Shrine

The Rosary as a Meditation on Death at a Marian Apparition Shrine

(p.201) 15 The Rosary as a Meditation on Death at a Marian Apparition Shrine
Anthropology of Catholicism

Ellen Badone

University of California Press

Based on an ethnography of a Marian shrine in northwestern France, this chapter explores the symbols and metaphors of mortality that permeate ritual at the shrine.  Through the presentation of narratives about the experiences of pilgrims to the site, it poses larger reflexive questions concerning Roman Catholicism and death.  Do Catholic rituals emphasizing the transience of life empower participants by providing them with an opportunity to confront their own mortality, or do such rituals merely reinforce the psychological experience of anxiety and depression?

Keywords:   Death, Marian Devotion, Rosary, Pilgrimage

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