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The Power of Mary in Papua New Guinea

Hermkens, Anna-Karina

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In this extract from her ethnographic account of devotion to the Virgin Mary in Papua New Guinea, Anna-Karina Hermkens illustrate many of the general principles outlined by Jo Hendry in the previous text. As she shows, the figure of Mary, and the powers ascribed to her, have taken many forms at different times and in different places, and they have occasioned controversy within the Roman Catholic Church. Hermken's analysis powerfully shows how Mary in Papua New Guinea becomes a figure of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHermkens, Anna-Karina
dc.contributor.editorHilary Callan
dc.contributor.editorBrian Street
dc.contributor.editorSimon Underdown
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:28:47Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780857459695
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/54601
dc.description.abstractIn this extract from her ethnographic account of devotion to the Virgin Mary in Papua New Guinea, Anna-Karina Hermkens illustrate many of the general principles outlined by Jo Hendry in the previous text. As she shows, the figure of Mary, and the powers ascribed to her, have taken many forms at different times and in different places, and they have occasioned controversy within the Roman Catholic Church. Hermken's analysis powerfully shows how Mary in Papua New Guinea becomes a figure of on-the-spot protection, especially for women, in the face of their specific experience of domestic violence, rape, HIV/AIDS and war. She also points to contradictions inherent in this global-local axis: how, for example, Mary's local powers as a protector of women are in tension with her globally emphasised qualities of submission and acceptance.
dc.publisherBerghahn Books
dc.relation.ispartofIntroductory Readings In Anthropology
dc.titleThe Power of Mary in Papua New Guinea
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2013
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4455832xPUB305
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHermkens, Anna-Karina, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage287
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage294
local.identifier.absseo950404 - Religion and Society
dc.date.updated2020-12-13T07:26:56Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationUnited States of America
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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