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The Lost Connection with The Feminine

Anna Fedele

in Looking for Mary Magdalene

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199898404
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898404.003.0002

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

The Lost Connection with The Feminine

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This chapter describes the first gathering of each pilgrimage group and explores the way in which the trip forms part of the pilgrims’ quest for the feminine. The most important meta-empirical beings related to the pilgrimage are Mary Magdalene, the Goddess and Mother Earth. Drawing on the writings of Marina Warner, the pilgrims conceptualize Mary Magdalene as a model for female empowerment both complementary and opposed to the Virgin Mary. Neo-shamanism has deeply influenced these pilgrims’ theories and practices, in particular two so-called indigenous traditions from Mexico (the Concheros) and the Andes of Peru.

Keywords: Goddess; Mary Magdalene; Mother Earth; Virgin Mary; female empowerment; Neo-shamanism; Andes; Conchero; Peru; Marina Warner

Chapter.  11179 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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