The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate - Peik Ingman

The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate - Peik Ingman

8. Marian Apparitions: The Construction of Authenticity and Governance of Sacralization in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Portugal

The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate - Peik Ingman

Nora Machado des Johansson [+-]
Lisbon University Institute and University of Gothenburg
Nora Machado des Johansson is associated with the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, Lisbon University Institute, and with the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Machado’s main areas of research and teaching are cultural sociology, social psychology and institutional & governance analysis. Her publications include articles in Public Administration: An International Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Social Science and Medicine, Death Studies, Human Systems Management and a book Using the Bodies of the Dead, Ethical and Organizational Dimensions of Organ Transplantation in 1998 about the cultural-organizational factors of organ transplantations. She is currently completing a book about Marian sacrality in Fátima, Portugal.

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Sacred visions, supernatural visitations and revelations appearing to chosen visionaries have for millennia been an important, if relatively marginal, form of Christian religiosity. One of the key concerns regarding these supernatural phenomena is their authenticity and their particular forms of sacrality. This chapter focuses on the ways in which the shrine of Fátima in Portugal grew into a sacred configuration that coalesced in the form of Marian sacrality, combining specific social, iconic and political elements involving different agents and agencies (e.g. charismatic virtuosos and their followers, as well as religious, political, and administrative institutions), but also objects and temporal/spatial patterns “charged” with spiritual power and significance (e.g. consecrated places, sacred statues and relics, holy dates, and sacred and powerful rites such as certain prayers and rituals). Specifically, this chapter concerns the social definition and governance of Marian sacrality in Fátima, Portugal.

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Machado des Johansson, Nora. 8. Marian Apparitions: The Construction of Authenticity and Governance of Sacralization in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Portugal. The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 145-163 Dec 2016. ISBN 9781781794753. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30131. Date accessed: 21 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30131. Dec 2016

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