Hail Mary?: The Struggle for Ultimate Womanhood in Mauri Hamington

ISBN: 9780415913041

Published: November 2nd 1995

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216 pages


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Hail Mary?: The Struggle for Ultimate Womanhood in  by  Mauri Hamington

Hail Mary?: The Struggle for Ultimate Womanhood in by Mauri Hamington
November 2nd 1995 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780415913041 | 8.26 Mb

This text presents a feminist reappraisal of the image of the Virgin Mary, the most powerful female religious figure in Western civilization. She is also a popular figure, as demonstrated by the ongoing cult of Mary that includes flocks of believersMoreThis text presents a feminist reappraisal of the image of the Virgin Mary, the most powerful female religious figure in Western civilization.

She is also a popular figure, as demonstrated by the ongoing cult of Mary that includes flocks of believers who pilgrimage to the place of her sighting. Yet the official image of Mary is a troubling one. In traditional Catholicism, she is venerated for her humility, her lowliness in the sight of God, and her perpetual virginity. Christian feminists challenge this sexist portrayal, which reinforces oppression against women. They propose instead an image of a stronger, more independent Mary. This work covers this struggle to control the imagery of Mary, illustrating how Mary is central to the Churchs moral control over Catholic women and therefore pivotal in any movement for change.

It promotes an imagery which attempts to recover the ancient concept of every womans participation in the divinity of Mary, which proposes transcendence, not divination, to maintain womens active participation in Catholicism.



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