Religious sites and sacred spaces in Lithuania and Poland: a comparison between the Šiluva complex and the Świebodzin statue of Jesus

Collection:
Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Straipsnis / Article
Language:
Anglų kalba / English
Title:
Religious sites and sacred spaces in Lithuania and Poland: a comparison between the Šiluva complex and the Świebodzin statue of Jesus
In the Journal:
Yearbook of Balkan and Baltic studies [YBBS]. 2018, 1, p. 21-30
Notes:
LDB Open.
Keywords:
LT
Kristaus statulos; Piligriminė kelionė; Piligrimystė; Religinės praktikos; Swiebodzin; Turizmas; Šiluva; Šviebodzinas
EN
Pilgrimage; Religious practices; Siluva; Statues of Christ; Swiebodzin; Tourism; Šiluva
Summary / Abstract:

ENThis paper compares two religious sites associated with the Catholic Church: Šiluva in Lithuania, where a religious complex has existed for several centuries because of visions of the Virgin Mary seen there in 1608; and the much more recent statue of Jesus Christ erected earlier this century in the town of Świebodzin in western Poland. It is argued that, unlike the former, a central site where religious devotion comes together with expressions of Lithuanian nationhood, the latter’s status as a religious site is still uncertain and at best in a process of becoming. This is not least because this site appears to lend itself to touristic interest more than religious devotion expressed through pilgrimage. It therefore raises questions about what we mean by sacred spaces in a way the site at Šiluva does not. [From the publication]

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2613-7852, 2613-7844
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2020-10-01 07:52:43
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