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The Resource Black madonnas : feminism, religion, and politics in Italy, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum

Black madonnas : feminism, religion, and politics in Italy, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum

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Black madonnas : feminism, religion, and politics in Italy
Title
Black madonnas
Title remainder
feminism, religion, and politics in Italy
Statement of responsibility
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Italy is an intriguing paradox: a center of Catholicism in which echoes of goddess worship resonate in everyday Christian ritual. In the Christian tradition, whiteness symbolizes purity, blackness evil. In the religions of Old Europe, however, blackness evoked the fecundity of the earth. White madonnas embody the church doctrine of obedience and patience; black madonnas, many of which have been retouched to appear white, symbolize the equality of all creatures. In this fascinating study, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum demonstrates that Italy's black madonnas represent a point of convergence between ancient and modern religious traditions. Drawing on a solid ground of original research, she argues that they are an amalgam of the Christian madonna, African and Asian dark woman divinities, and the ancient goddess of Old Europe. Through them, long submerged prehistoric religious and political beliefs have erupted, forming the core of twentieth-century Italian feminism. Birnbaum has discovered that areas of radical political activity in Italy are often near archaeological sites of prehistoric goddess worship. And these sites are nearly always the locations of black madonnas. Following a thread of common themes - equality, resistance to injustice, and regeneration - Birnbaum demonstrates that the values associated with goddess worship are those that surround black madonnas. And the same themes are the backbone of left-wing political movements - from feminism to socialism to the green movement - in twentieth-century Italy. Black Madonnas recounts the ways in which the church attempted to eradicate the popular beliefs of the peasantry and examines the traditions that have survived. The book catalogues the customs and rituals, ceremonies and celebrations, stories and songs, and the everyday lives of peasant women to uncover the traces of ancient practices that permeate modern Christian ritual
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DLC
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1924-
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Birnbaum, Lucia Chiavola
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Black Virgins
  • Feminist theory
  • Feminism
  • Feminist theology
  • Italy
  • Italy
Label
Black madonnas : feminism, religion, and politics in Italy, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-264) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Metaphor of Black Madonnas: Argument and Underlying Assumptions -- 2. "Folklore Is the Culture of the Subaltern Classes": Theoretical Premises -- 3. A World in Motion With a Woman at the Center: Artifacts, Myths, Stories, Rituals of Everyday Life -- 4. Stories and Politics of Justice, Equality, and Rights to Life of the Poor -- 5. Carnevale: The Laughter of the Goddess -- Festival Defying the Powers That Be, Ritual of How People Would Like to Live in Freedom, Equality, and Abundance -- 6. "A Carniliviari Semmu Tutti Aguali," At Carnival We Are All Equal: Viareggio, Putignano, and Acireale -- 7. Black Madonna of Siponto: A Woman Humiliated; Black Madonna and Sibyls of Loreto: Women Prophets; Black Madonna of the Poor of Foggia -- 8. Multicultural Dimensions of Black Madonnas: Multicultural Liberation Theologies and Politics -- 9. Multicultural Liberation Theology of Easter in the Streets
  • 10. Heresies, Sibyls, Fables, Lilith, and Witches: "Un Mondo Senza Padroni E Senza Guerre," A World Without Bosses and Without Wars -- 11. Black Madonnas and Remembering the Future: Contemporary Cultural and Political Transformation of Italy
Control code
27265817
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 273 pages
Isbn
9781555531560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1521684
Label
Black madonnas : feminism, religion, and politics in Italy, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Metaphor of Black Madonnas: Argument and Underlying Assumptions -- 2. "Folklore Is the Culture of the Subaltern Classes": Theoretical Premises -- 3. A World in Motion With a Woman at the Center: Artifacts, Myths, Stories, Rituals of Everyday Life -- 4. Stories and Politics of Justice, Equality, and Rights to Life of the Poor -- 5. Carnevale: The Laughter of the Goddess -- Festival Defying the Powers That Be, Ritual of How People Would Like to Live in Freedom, Equality, and Abundance -- 6. "A Carniliviari Semmu Tutti Aguali," At Carnival We Are All Equal: Viareggio, Putignano, and Acireale -- 7. Black Madonna of Siponto: A Woman Humiliated; Black Madonna and Sibyls of Loreto: Women Prophets; Black Madonna of the Poor of Foggia -- 8. Multicultural Dimensions of Black Madonnas: Multicultural Liberation Theologies and Politics -- 9. Multicultural Liberation Theology of Easter in the Streets
  • 10. Heresies, Sibyls, Fables, Lilith, and Witches: "Un Mondo Senza Padroni E Senza Guerre," A World Without Bosses and Without Wars -- 11. Black Madonnas and Remembering the Future: Contemporary Cultural and Political Transformation of Italy
Control code
27265817
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 273 pages
Isbn
9781555531560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1521684

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