The Romanian saints : between popular devotion and politics

Stahl Irina: The Romanian saints : between popular devotion and politics. In: Politics, feasts, festivals 4. pp. 86-107. (2014)

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After the fall of communism, in 1992, the Romanian orthodox church made a series of important decisions regarding the promotion of “Romanian” saints, which also included several canonisations. During the last years of the communist regime, the cult of the national saints was used by the church as an argument emphasising the continuous orthodox presence in Romania and ultimately identifying orthodoxy with the Romanian nation, an idea meant to justify the place of religion within communist society. after the fall of communism, although relieved of any ideological constraints, the church continued to use the same discourse. this led certain authors to interpret the 1992 decisions as being exclusively politically motivated and part of a nationalist-inspired campaign. From an historical perspective, however, this was not the first time the Romanian orthodox church had promoted and canonised national saints. a similar initiative occurred in 1950. ironically, these two actions mark the beginning and the end of over four decades of atheist rule; a period of religious restrictions and persecution against the Romanian orthodox church, and other religious denominations. entering the new millennium, the Orthodox Church intensified the canonisation process. As the religious revival evolves and cults of new popular saints emerge, it is clear that political reasoning is not the sole motivation behind these decisions. Without denying the political implications of the promotion and canonisation of national saints, this article focuses on the role played by the religious experiences of the population.

Item Type: Book Section
Heading title: Politics and the remembrance of the past
Journal or Publication Title: Politics, feasts, festivals
Date: 2014
Number: 4
ISSN: 2064-4825
ISBN: 978-963-306-254-8
Page Range: pp. 86-107
Series Name: A vallási kultúrakutatás könyvei
Language: English
Event Title: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore : Working group on the ritual year : annual conference (9.) (2013) (Szeged)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Ortodox egyház - Románia, Szentek tisztelete, Ünnep - Románia
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 103-105. és a lábjegyzetekben ; ill. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 05. Social sciences
05. Social sciences > 05.04. Sociology
05. Social sciences > 05.06. Political science
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 20. 11:11
Last Modified: 2021. Nov. 24. 12:36

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