Mary & Marija: Somatic Interaction with a Saint

by Michaela Schaeuble

Lecturer

Martin-Luther Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg
Germany

Religious and spiritual experiences are highly subjective and cannot be captured visually. But they are nontheless a fascinating research topic. The woman in this picture, Marija T., has a very close relationship to the Mother of God that finds its expression in her somatic interaction with an effigy. In the Croatian-Bosnian border region, narratives of Marian apparitions and Marian veneration constitue highly politicised sites of personal suffering and religious conflict.



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