This book by Agnieszka Halemba, associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, explores the politics of religion, as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathia, a multi-ethnic area lying on Ukraine’s western border with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. In 2002, it was reported that an apparition of Mary was witnessed on several occasions and is now a popular destination for religious pilgrims. Negotiating Marian Apparitions provides an insight into the present position of Transcarpathia in the regional, Ukraine-wide, and European struggles for identity and political recognition. The way in which the apparition’s site has been conceived and managed raises questions concerning the fate of religious communities during and after communism.
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