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Title: Nature, femininity and the sacred : constructing spirituality in Catholic Malta
Authors: Saliba, Kirsten
Keywords: Neopagans -- Malta
Neopaganism -- Malta
Occultism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Saliba, K. (2018). Nature, femininity and the sacred : constructing spirituality in Catholic Malta (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Contemporary Western Paganism is an umbrella term for many different branches including Wicca, Druidry, Heathenry and much more, having roots in mid-20th century England where traditions like Wicca were emerging. It is difficult to come up with an exact definition which would represent the many different traditions and practices which are found amongst Neo-Pagans around the world. However, there are some common elements namely: their love for nature, polytheistic tendencies and an idea of spiritual holism. This ethnographic research among Neo-Pagans in Malta, will thus focus on the construction and development in Modern Pagans’ belief system as practiced in Malta. It challenges previous research done on the subject by looking at the significance of global influences which are constantly incorporated in this practice. Maltese Paganism offers a unique and creative way of constructing spirituality, which acts as an alternative to the predominant religion of Catholicism. This differs from other societies where Pagans draw upon their own indigenous beliefs. A significant focus on the feminine is evident in this practice and thus, this research will look at how this spirituality counters the code of honour and shame which is prevalent in Mediterranean societies. Adding on to this, a section will be dedicated to describing the femininity that is being reproduced in women’s circles with focus toward the Divinity as comprised of The God and The Goddess. I will dedicate my last chapter to describing the community’s structure and formality and how this differs from other Pagan groups. Lastly, this research will touch upon the notion of the sacred with my own reflexive comments about this.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArt - 2018
Dissertations - FacArtAS - 2018

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