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The Image and the Figure Our Lady of Częstochowa in Polish Culture and Popular Religion

Anna Niedźwiedź

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Rodzaj (nośnik) / Item type książka / book
Autor / Author Anna Niedźwiedź
Tytuł / Title The Image and the Figure
Podtytuł / Subtitle Our Lady of Częstochowa in Polish Culture and Popular Religion
Język / Language angielski
Wydawca / Publisher Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Rok wydania / Year published 2010
Rodzaj oprawy / Cover type Miękka
Wymiary / Size 16.0x23.0 cm
Liczba stron / Pages 198
Ciężar / Weight 0.2500 kg
ISBN 9788323329008 (9788323329008)
EAN/UPC 9788323329008
Stan produktu / Condition nowy / new - sprzedajemy wyłącznie nowe nieużywane produkty
The image of Our Lady of Częstochowa is the most famous and the most venerated holy image in Poland. In contemporary Poland the image is a kind of a cultural icon, instantly recognizable and connected with popular symbolic and mythological meanings. Presented in this book is an analysis of beliefs, narratives ( great and small stories ), myths and rituals. This analysis reveals that for its devotees the image is not merely a material object and a picture – it is perceived, lived and experienced as a real person – figure of Mary – Queen and Mother.

“Polish Catholicism in its contemporary form is strongly related to the notion of national identity. This strong interconnection was caused by variety of historical reasons. Throughout the entire nineteenth century it was the Catholic religion that unified the Polish society, which was at that time deprived of its own state. Those and similar processes were not unique to Poland, it was a time whe n new nationalisms were being born throughout Europe. Without an actual state, Polish history became the basis of preserving the national identity. In those circumstances the cult of Our Lady of Częstochowa was flourishing and her image became a national symbol. In her book, The Image and the Figure, Anna Niedźwiedź is describing and interpreting various forms and expressions of that cult.”
Professor Czesław Robotycki, Jagiellonian University

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