This paper deals with the statue of Our Lady of Maidens, kept in the parish church of Civitella Roveto in the Abruzzo region, in Italy. After describing the religious rituals involving the statue of this Virgin in order to shed light on her title, the study goes on to analize vernacular discourses about her and explore the prohibition regarding the touching of her body. The symbolic aspects of the shapeless body of the statue are then investigated and discussed in the light of Marian, anthropological, sociological, and feminist literature, considering them a specific device for expelling female sexual desire from the domain of fertility. The article, focused on the body of the Madonna, hopes to contribute to studies in religious materiality as well as to studies in the social construction of gender inequality.
The Madonna's body: The social construction of a neutralized body / Fabbrini, Marco. - In: CRITICAL RESEARCH ON RELIGION. - ISSN 2050-3032. - 5:1(2017), pp. 62-78.
|Titolo:||The Madonna's body: The social construction of a neutralized body|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Citazione:||The Madonna's body: The social construction of a neutralized body / Fabbrini, Marco. - In: CRITICAL RESEARCH ON RELIGION. - ISSN 2050-3032. - 5:1(2017), pp. 62-78.|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|
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