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

Anna Fedele


This book provides a detailed ethnography of alternative pilgrimages to Catholic shrines in contemporary France that are dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene or house black Madonna statues. Based on more than three years of fieldwork it describes the way in which pilgrims with a Christian background 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. The book pays particular attention to the life stories of the pilgrims, the crafted rituals they perform and th ... More

Keywords: Mary Magdalene, pilgrimage, invented ritual, Black Madonna, menstruation, Da Vinci Code, Neopaganism, spirituality, Goddess, Catholic Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199898404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Fedele, author
Center for Research in Anthropology, Lisbon University Institute