Mother FiguredMarian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal

Mother FiguredMarian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal

Deirdre de la Cruz

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780226314884

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book is a wide-ranging study of the efflorescence of apparitions and miracles of the Virgin Mary in the Philippines, from the mid-nineteenth century to the turn of the millennium. It examines not only the conditions of this efflorescence but also its effects, and charts the ways in which the cult of Mary has transformed the place of Filipinos in the greater Catholic world. Whereas most scholarship on the “Age of Mary” has understood this religious revival as resisting the social, political, and economic transformations wrought by modernity, this book demonstrates that much of nineteenth and twentieth century Filipino Marianism and Marian phenomena articulates with projects and practices of colonial and post-colonial modernity. Of particular emphasis in this book is the mass media, and the ways in which, in the Philippines, the proliferation of apparitions and miracles of Mary and the burgeoning of print and technological media are interdependent phenomena that mirror one another on numerous levels.