1st Edition

Marian Apparitions in Cultural Contexts
Applying Jungian Concepts to Mass Visions of the Virgin Mary

ISBN 9780367489328
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Marian Apparitions in Cultural Contexts provides an analysis of collective phenomena, specifically mass visions of the Virgin Mary, from a psychoanalytical perspective. It draws from Jung’s compensation theoretical model with the aim of merging depth-psychology and historical material from the Zeitoun case. Offering an original interpretation of this phenomenon from a Jungian psychological perspective, the book provides stimulating insights to any person interested in these supernatural events, whether general readers with active curiosity or scholars with broad intellectual interests.

A review of the literature points to a prevailing socio-political approach to examining visions of the Virgin Mary, while a psychoanalytical approach is generally lacking. Musso draws from Jung’s compensation theoretical model in Flying Saucers with the aim of merging depth-psychology and historical material. Common themes and symbols are extracted and interpreted from the empirical material and analyzed along with Egyptian social and political data. The book concludes with a discussion on how depth psychological principles grounded in empirical and historical material could be applied in order to explicate cases of mass visions.

An original interdisciplinary exploration of cultural phenomena, Marian Apparitions in Cultural Contexts will be of value to academics and students in the fields of psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, political science, and religious studies. This book will also be of interest among Jungian scholars and practitioners in applications of depth psychology to cultural phenomena.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Marian Apparition Research Chapter 2: A depth-psychological approach to the analysis of the Collective Visions Chapter 3: Historical events surrounding the apparitions Chapter 4: Data Sources, Description, and Elaboration Chapter 5: Symbol Interpretation Chapter 6: Analysis and Interpretation Conclusion

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Valeria Céspedes Musso is an analyst in training at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, Küsnacht and an independent researcher and lives in Frankfurt, Germany.


"Some phenomena are so extraordinary that it can be difficult to know how to approach them in a balanced yet illuminating way — and the mass visions of the Virgin Mary at Zeitoun, witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people over a period of about eighteen months, certainly come into that category. In this book, Musso takes on such a challenge, skilfully grounding her Jungian hermeneutic in a deeply informed and conscientious engagement with political, economic, and cultural realities. Almost as extraordinary as her subject matter itself are the courage, creativity, open-mindedness, and rigorous, level-headed scholarship with which she navigates it. An impressive achievement."

Professor Roderick Main, University of Essex, UK.