Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World

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Margaret Jean Cormack, Professor of Religious Studies Margaret Cormack, PH.D.
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2007 - History - 280 pages

Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World traces the changing significance of a dozen saints and holy sites from the fourth century to the twentieth and from Africa, Sicily, Wales, and Iceland to Canada, Boston, Mexico, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Scholars representing the fields of history, art history, religious studies, and communications contribute their perspectives in this interdisciplinary collection, also notable as the first English language study of many of the saints treated in the volume. Several chapters chart the changing images and meanings of holy people as their veneration traveled from the Old World to the New; others describe sites and devotions that developed in the Americas. The ways that a group feels connected to the holy figure by ethnicity or regionalism proves to be a critical factor in a saint's reception, and many contributors discuss the tensions that develop between ecclesiastical authorities and communities of devotees.

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Contents

St Benedict the Moor From Sicily to the New World
16
Image and Imagination in the Cult of St Amico
52
Seeking the Holy Child of Tierra Adentro The Historical Origins of the Santo
68
Prayers in Plaster and Plastic Catholic Kitsch as Ritual Habit
90
Massachusetts Miracles Controlling Cures in Catholic Boston 19291930
111
Our Lady of Prompt Succor The Search for an American Marian Cult
128
Wars of Religion in the CircumCaribbean English Iconoclasm in Spanish
150
The Influence of Pilgrimage on Artistic Traditions in Medieval Ireland
174
St Winefrides Well The Significance and Survival of a Welsh Catholic Shrine
202
Holy Wells and National Identity in Iceland
229
The Fountain of Youth History of an Errant Shrine
248
Contributors
269
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