Examples, patterns, models : the prayer book as a source of female identification models

Frauhammer Krisztina: Examples, patterns, models : the prayer book as a source of female identification models. In: Religion, culture, society, (2). pp. 9-24. (2015)

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In this study I show the examples used by the Hungarian Catholic church at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century for the moral edification of female believers. My sources were prayer books of the period compiled especially for women and young girls. These books were intended to play a role in religious and moral training, in construction of the ideal Catholic girl, and especially in the urban environment, in counterbalancing popular literature and the secular ideals it offered. The female and male saints held up as models are given an important part in the prayer and meditation texts. In the texts of the period they appear not as intercessors with miraculous powers but as the perfect examples of virtuous lives. In their life careers and the values they represent we can see a Catholic female identification model intended by the clergy to serve as a guide in every-day life. Here, both secular society and church discourse identified the place of women in the triple role of wife, mother and housewife. The female prayer books examined held up for them as a model the virtues of the Virgin Mary (purity, obedience, renunciation).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion, culture, society
Date: 2015
Volume: 2
ISSN: 1416-7972
Page Range: pp. 9-24
Language: English
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/67602/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Katolikus egyház - Mária-kultusz - imádságos könyvek - nők vallásossága
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 22-24.
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 11. 12:15
Last Modified: 2023. May. 09. 13:48
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/66988

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