Pilgrims Dealing with Their Christian Backgrounds

Anna Fedele

in Looking for Mary Magdalene

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199898404
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980130 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Pilgrims Dealing with Their Christian Backgrounds

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This chapter explores the way in which the pilgrims come to terms with the Christian theories and concepts they received in their childhood. These pilgrims’ life stories, as well as their accounts about what they describe as their past lives, tend to include experiences of frustration and humiliation that led the pilgrims to distance themselves from Christianity. They embraced a spirituality that allowed them to retain certain Christian beings and concepts while challenging Catholic morality. Drawing on Jungian psychology and on Ean Begg’s theories about Black Madonnas the pilgrims reinterpret Christian churches and shrines as indications of power places. Some of the more skeptical pilgrims found ways to test spiritual theories and practices.

Keywords: past lives; shrines; Christianity; morality; Black Madonna; power places; spirituality; Jung; Begg

Chapter.  10828 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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