Mary‐Making in Herzegovina

Vjekoslav Perica

in Balkan Idols

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148565
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834556 | DOI:

Series: Religion and Global Politics

Mary‐Making in Herzegovina

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This chapter discusses the cult of the Virgin Mary in Herzegovina as it developed from the vision of a Croatian‐speaking Madonna at Medjugorje, western Herzegovina (an overwhelmingly Catholic Croat area), in 1981. Attitudes to this Marian apparition and later ones at the same place are discussed, and the politics of the visions analyzed. The last part of the chapter discusses the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and other places in relation to the Yugoslav crisis of the 1980s, when Catholic–Orthodox tensions were reignited. They are viewed as a prelude not to a peace and prayer movement but as a prelude to partition, war, and genocide in Bosnia‐Herzegovina.

Keywords: Bosnia‐Herzegovina; history; Marian apparitions; political history; Virgin Mary; visions

Chapter.  6523 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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