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Vjekoslav Perica

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195148568.001.0001

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Mary‐Making in Herzegovina

Mary‐Making in Herzegovina

From Apparitions to Partitions

(p.109) 7 Mary‐Making in Herzegovina
Balkan Idols

Vjekoslav Perica

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This chapter discusses the cult of the Virgin Mary in Herzegovina as it developed from the vision of a Croatian‐speaking Madonna at Medjugorje, western Herzegovina (an overwhelmingly Catholic Croat area), in 1981. Attitudes to this Marian apparition and later ones at the same place are discussed, and the politics of the visions analyzed. The last part of the chapter discusses the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and other places in relation to the Yugoslav crisis of the 1980s, when Catholic–Orthodox tensions were reignited. They are viewed as a prelude not to a peace and prayer movement but as a prelude to partition, war, and genocide in Bosnia‐Herzegovina.

Keywords:   Bosnia‐Herzegovina, history, Marian apparitions, political history, Virgin Mary, visions

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