Marina Warner spent years unable to set foot in a Catholic church. For a long time it remained too painful. I felt flattened if I tried to go inside a church, sinful, excluded and so wretched, but now all that turmoil has passed.
The annoying thing was that no one had noticed. The idea of anyone inquiring into the state of my soul would have seemed slightly obscene. At the very least someone would notice if you didn't turn up to church.
On February 2, the feast of the Purification, we wore starched white veils of tulle that stood out around us like a nimbus. With the medals of the Sodality of Our Lady on blue ribbons round our necks, we processed with lit candles up to the communion rails to be blessed. She was the culmination of womanhood. As my agnostic father maintained, it was a good religion for a girl.
Human woman, symbol of ideal womanhood, Bride of Christ, Comforter, Intercessor, the Second Eve of profound universal influence, the Holy Mother whose mercy is implored by millions the world over - these are but a few of the countless faces of Mary that have unfolded over the past two thousand years, some deliberately created by the Church to further its own aims, others the human response to certain instinctive needs. With exhaustive research and a wealth of illustrations, and in flowing, readable language, ALONE OF HER SEX reveals to readers not only the Holy Mother herself, but also the alchemy that has produced and shaped Western Civilization's ultimate vision of ideal womanhood - an ideal that can be an inspiring reality, a beautiful symbol, or a painful and impossible standard by which women throughout the world and the centuries have been judged. Convert currency.
Until then religion for me had been arguments about whether doctrine or belief were "true", and a sense that humans couldn't help being religious, but were growing out of it. But Marina Warner's study of mariolatry made me think about religion as something which human societies make, and make, as it were, in their own moral, social and emotional image. In exquisite detail, with a strong and sophisticated cultural-historical and feminist awareness, but an equal sensitivity to the power of faith and Christianity through the ages, Warner examines how the very slight presence in the Gospels of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was transformed and enlarged, century by century, into a complex cult.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Shows how the figure of Mary has shaped and been shaped by changing social and historical circumstances and why for all their beauty and power,the legends of Mary have condemned real women to perpetual inferiority.