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Negotiating Marian Apparitions

The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathian Ukraine

Agnieszka Halemba
Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw

This book concerns the politics of religion as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathian Ukraine. The analysis provides insights into the present position of Transcarpathia in regional, Ukrainewide, and European struggles for identity and political belonging. The way in which the apparitions site has been conceived and managed raises questions concerning the fate of religious communities during and after socialism, the significance of national projects for religious organizations, and the politics of religious management in a situation in which local religious commitments are relatively strong and religious organizations are relatively weak. The analysis contributes to the ethnography and history of this particular region and of the post-socialist world in general. The changing status of the apparition site over the years allows investigation of the questions concerning authority, legitimacy, and power in religious organizations, especially in relation to management of religious experiences.

“Taking as a starting point the messages of the Virgin Mary to two girls in 2002, the author makes extensive interviews with Greek Catholic clergy in Transcarpathia to provide a detailed panorama of an organization (the local eparchy) torn between closer ties with the Ukraine or closer ties with the Vatican, and the laity of region, torn between an identity as Ukrainian, or a more diffuse identity in keeping with the variety of ethnic groups in Transcarpathia. The book’s most original aspect is the application of anthropological methods to the study of clergy and diocesan organization, not just laity, and its engagement with theology and liturgy.” William A. Christian Jr., author of Divine Presence in Spain and Western Europe 1500–1960. Visions, Religious Images and Photographs (CEU Press, 2012).

328 pages,19 photos, 2015
978-615-5053-36-8 cloth $60.00 / €52.00 / £40.00

Leipzig Studies on the History and Culture of East-Central Europe
ISSN 2416-1160
Volume II

"The analysis is thoroughly grounded in the history of the region and her own recent ethnographic fieldwork at multiple locations within the Irshava Deanery between 2006 and 2011. These aberrant religious phenomena in a remote region of central Europe serve as a catalyst for a highly original study of the intersections between religion and politics in a post-Soviet state where Catholic and Orthodox forms of Christianity have long been intertwined. The recent crisis in Ukraine increases the work’s topicality.
The issues raised by Halemba on the basis of her rich historical and ethnographic materials will intrigue and inspire many scholars in religious studies as well as anthropology, the sociology of religion, and postsocialist studies. The book is attractively produced and illustrated. It is above all well-organized and scholarly. The author’s insistence on conceptual clarity pays dividends, notably her clear distinction between an organization (such as the Catholic Church) and an institution (such as a Marian apparition). Her emphasis on the ways in which a conservative, even reactionary, cult can promote new negotiations of local social relations and religious innovation is convincingly supported." - Slavic Review