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The Cult of the Virgin Mary: Psychological Origins
Tracing devotion to Mary to psychological and historical processes that began in the fifth century, Michael Carroll answers intriguing questions: What explains the many reports of Marian apparitions over the centuries? Why is Mary both "Virgin" and "Mother" simultaneously? Why has the Marian cult always been stronger in certain geographical areas than in others? The first ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 5th 1992 by Princeton University Press
(first published June 1986)
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Freudian analysis of religious phenomena is inherently interesting, however, this book does show its age a bit. Much more is known of ancient goddesses and this calls into question a few of Carroll's early conclusions. Still, a very informative source on many Marian apparitions over time. More observations may be found on my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Interesting book by UWO professor about apparitions of the Virgin Mary and related miracles. Why do so many report visions of the Virgin Mary at Knock, Ireland, and other revered places such as the thousands who allegedly saw Mary on the roof of a church in Alexandria. Why? Mass hallucination? Carroll provides a psycho-analytic explanation.