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The Madonna of Medjugorje: Religious Rivalry and the Formation of a Devotional Movement in Yugoslavia
Vol. 63, No. 2 (Apr., 1990), pp. 63-75
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3318115
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Apparitions and pilgrimages have frequently been described in terms of rivalry, tension, and protest within the community of the faithful. Much less attention is paid to religious elites and their role in popular religion. This may be due in part to the nature of data sources, since many descriptions are historical reconstructions. The apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje (Yugoslavia) and the subsequent devotional movement provide an opportunity to focus systematically on religious elites, because all the participants are still living. It is argued that the evolution of the Yugoslav devotion is a function of the changing power relations between two categories of religious elites in the area. Although primarily intended as a contemporary case study, the article invites a new look at similar events.
Anthropological Quarterly © 1990 The George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research