The (Hyper) Production of Miracles and Miraculous Acts: The Meaning of Folk and Church Interpretations of these Phenomena and their Importance for the Process of Desecularization in Serbia

  • Lidija Radulović Department of Ethnology and Anthropology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
Keywords:
religion, miracles, folk orthodox Christianity, desecularization, the Serbian Orthodox Church, religious experience

Abstract

Over the last 20 years, miracles and miraculous acts have been an important part of the multi-layered process of desecularization in Serbia. The Serbian Orthodox Church is trying to revitalize orthodoxy as interpreted by the church and draw in as many believers as possible. At the same time, the folk orthodox variant of Christianity is being revitalized among the faithful, mostly through populist interpretations with elements of folk religion. This paper analyzes the public production of miracles in Serbia based mostly on material drawn from the media, but also on personal testimonies of informants who have witnessed such events.

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Published
2012-10-25
How to Cite
Radulović, Lidija. 2012. “The (Hyper) Production of Miracles and Miraculous Acts: The Meaning of Folk and Church Interpretations of These Phenomena and Their Importance for the Process of Desecularization in Serbia”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 7 (4), 919-33. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v7i4.2.

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