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Catholic Religious Minorities in the Times of Transformation

Comparative Studies of Religious Culture in Poland and Ukraine

Catholic Religious Minorities in the Times of Transformation

Comparative Studies of Religious Culture in Poland and Ukraine

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£46.00

Publisher: Peter Lang AG
ISBN: 9783631770405
Number of Pages: 428
Published: 12/04/2019
Width: 14.8 cm
Height: 21 cm
In the diasporic communities of Roman Catholics in Ukraine (Murafa) and Greek Catholics in Poland (Bialy Bor) religion and the local clergy play a dominant role in the process of constructing new identities. Because of the memory of their ancestors' deportation trauma the Greek Catholics define their Ukrainianness in opposition to their environment. In Roman Catholics' case, the change of the liturgy's language is followed by the Polish tradition's rejection: they feel Ukrainian. The break of the tradition's transmission path divides the community and directs them towards (pop)cultural homogenization with the Orthodox. The Greek Catholics are also divided because of their new church; universal in the Christian sense, it proves the overcoming of divisions, not accepted by everyone.

Joanna Fomina, Magdalena Zowczak

Magdalena Zowczak is ethnographer, anthropologist and professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. Her areas of interest are anthropology of religion, the Apocrypha and sacred art; contemporary religious expression and its connections to identity in various milieus and social groups.

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