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  • Music in the Processions
    Posted: August 4, 2017 - 4:22pm

    Two forms of music, marches and saetas — musical forms that are not, in other parts of the world, readily associated with Catholic religious music —  are integral parts of Semana Santa processions in Seville

  • Gender on Display at Semana Santa
    Posted: August 4, 2017 - 10:18am

    Holy Week processions in Seville show a quite explicitly gendered form of religiosity, one that repeatedly allows for displays of masculinity even in a society that has become much more egalitarian, and in confraternities that today are open to men and women.

  • Semana Santa Processions in Seville
    Posted: July 31, 2017 - 4:20pm

    Semana Santa processions are unparalleled in Seville, where 60 official processions traverse the center city throughout Holy Week from afternoon deep into the night.

  • Semana Santa
    Posted: July 31, 2017 - 3:18pm

    In many cities in Spain, and elsewhere in the Iberian-influenced world, Semana Santa — Holy Week — is marked by major public processions that recount and ritualize the events of the Passion, providing a visual catechism and giving the masses a chance to participate in the story.

  • Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
    Posted: July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

    A hazardous mountain hike on a July Sunday each year has long served as a means of prayer and pilgrimage. Today, pilgrims are less likely to cite religious reasons for hiking than to honor the religious and cultural ties past generations held to the place.

  • Family, Marriage and Gender Roles
    Posted: June 5, 2017 - 11:57am

    Filipinos participate in religious events as families, often as extended families. More often than not, the family is the unit of analysis.

  • Introduction
    Posted: May 17, 2017 - 9:54am

    Even while Spain is a European Union member country with much more open borders and integration into Europe, Catholicism has a near monopoly on the religious life of the country.

  • Worship
    Posted: May 3, 2017 - 2:42pm

    Liturgy is inculturated in a number of interesting ways.  The Jewish origins of Catholic liturgy become even more apparent when Mass is celebrated in Hebrew.

  • Migrant Catholics in Israel
    Posted: May 2, 2017 - 11:27am

    In a country created and shaped by immigration, temporary foreign workers and refugees — from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka and parts of Africa — comprise a sizeable Catholic contingent.

  • Mary and the Saints
    Posted: May 2, 2017 - 10:49am

    Post-biblical Catholic saints seem not to occupy a particularly significant place in the religious imaginations of Hebrew-speaking Catholics.


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