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Agnès Bernard

The Black Virgin Mary : a curious and complex medium

Le Temps des médias n°17, Automne 2011.

The expression ‘The black Virgin’, unknown in the Middle Ages, first appeared in the second half of the 19th century. Some sixty such statues are extant in the mountainous district of Central France.Her, we argue that their colour and figures of the Madonna have helped promote in the promotion of the Catholic Church from the 14th century to the present. How do they do so in today’s world? Is the black colour of the Virgin an asset in winning converts ? Does it help express the diversity of identities ? Can one proselytize through are ? What psychological process is involved in the response of the parishioner or the pilgrim to black Madonna ? Are they, among other things, a potent tool in promoting the faith, a commercial medium, a mean of interceding with the divine, or part of the ceremonial conducive to the interpersonal religious links ? DrapeauFrancais

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