The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation

The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation

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by Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826341039

ISBN-13: 9780826341037

Pub. Date: 01/16/2009

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

A cultural icon, the Black Madonna is a blend of the Virgin Mary and ancient mother-goddesses from Eurasian, Native American, and African cultures. She is worshipped and adored by millions of people around the world. In this examination of the dark mother archetype, Oleszkiewicz-Peralba explores the Black Madonna's functions in the varied cultures of Poland, Mexico

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A cultural icon, the Black Madonna is a blend of the Virgin Mary and ancient mother-goddesses from Eurasian, Native American, and African cultures. She is worshipped and adored by millions of people around the world. In this examination of the dark mother archetype, Oleszkiewicz-Peralba explores the Black Madonna's functions in the varied cultures of Poland, Mexico and the American Southwest, Brazil, and Cuba. In these four geographic settings, the Black Madonna has become a symbol of national identity, resistance against oppression, and empowerment for the female population.

The opening chapter considers the Black Madonna in early East-Central European popular spirituality, folklore, and symbolism. Chapter two discusses the Virgin of Guadalupe and the creation of national mestizo identity in Mexico. The third chapter follows up with a study of Afro-Indo-European syncretism involving the Black Madonna in Brazil and the Caribbean. The fourth and final chapter discusses the Madonna in the form of the Virgin of Guadalupe in greater Mexico and the Latino United States.

As shown in The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe, this revered image has been a symbol of motherhood, protection, and identity in public ceremonies and private devotions, while subtly becoming a visible manifestation of the blending of cultures and religious beliefs over time and place.

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ISBN-13:
9780826341037
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Informative, well researched text and good photographs--wish more of the photographs could have been in color. A fine addition to anyone's collection who has interest in this topic.