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Author Bennett, Jeffrey S

Title When the sun danced : myth, miracles, and modernity in early twentieth-century Portugal / Jeffrey S. Bennett
Published Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource (x, 238 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Studies in religion and culture
Studies in religion and culture (Charlottesville, Va.)
Contents Signs of the times -- Revolutionary republicanism -- A modern miracle -- Reenvisioning mary -- Time and the signs
Summary Between May and October of 1917, three young shepherds were reportedly visited six times by an apparition of the Virgin Mary near the town of Fátima in Portugal. At the final apparition event, approximately 70,000 visitors gathered to witness a prophesied miracle intended to convince the public that the children's visions were of divine origin. The miracle took the form of a solar anomaly; witnesses claimed that the sun began to "dance." Exploring the early development of the cult of the Virgin of Fátima and the overthrow of the liberal, secular government by pro-Catholic elements, Jeffrey Bennett offers the first book-length scholarly study of the cult's relationship to the rise of authoritarian politics in Portugal. When the Sun Danced offers a fascinating look at the cultural dynamics that informed one of the most turbulent periods in the nation's history--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Catholic Church -- Portugal -- History -- 20th century
Catholic Church -- History -- 20th century.
Catholic Church
Fatima, Our Lady of -- History
Religion and politics -- Portugal -- Fátima
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Mariology.
RELIGION -- Philosophy.
Fatima, Our Lady of
Religion and politics
Fátima (Portugal) -- Religious life and customs
Portugal -- Church history -- 20th century.
Portugal -- Fátima
Genre/Form Church history
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011034350
ISBN 9780813932507