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Title: Ta' Pinu : ritualised empathy on the doorstep of heaven
Authors: Kao, Philip
Keywords: Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu (Gharb, Malta)
Miracles -- Malta -- Gozo
Votive offerings -- Malta -- Gozo
Empathy -- Religious aspects
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Devotion to -- Malta
Issue Date: 2012-03
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Citation: Kao, P. (2012). Ta' Pinu : ritualised empathy on the doorstep of heaven. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 21(1), 126-145.
Abstract: This article explores the miracles and ex-votos (votive offerings) associated with the Ta’ Pinu shrine on Gozo, Malta’s northernmost island. Drawing from ethnographic data, analysis of various personal accounts, and observations of people’s interactions with the bricolage of Ta’ Pinu ex-votos, I seek to show that Gozitans perform a highly personal yet ritualised form of empathy in the context of miracle worship. The miracles associated with Ta’ Pinu are thus seemingly ‘contagious’ and meaningful, because they elicit existential connections and refl ections on the nature of supplication and Gozitan social relations.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/56859
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