Emotion, Religion, and Society in Southern Spain
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
204 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 24 illus.
- ISBN: 9781512822403
- Published: March 1990
The Holy Week dramas of southern Spain have astounded visitors for centuries. Striking as they are, however, they are only the tip of a cultural iceberg. Casual visitors cannot guess how the cult of the crucified Christ shapes daily behavior and thought patterns. The Passion as lived by Andalusians is closely linked to a penitential ideology that profoundly influences how they feel about life, death, wealth, and poverty. It affects the way men and women see themselves and each other and has played havoc with Catholic orthodoxy by creating unique institutions and customs.
In Passional Culture, Timothy Mitchell explores these cultural factors and shows how they have led to popular stagings of the Passion that are moving, riddled with heresy, and obsessed with authority conflicts. He explains why the image of the Mater Dolorosa has come to overshadow that of Christ himself. With keen analysis as well as anecdotes, illustrations, and popular songs, Mitchell makes fascinating aspects of Spanish civilization available to Americans for the first time.
An extraordinary work. It presents a cultural analysis which uses disciplines of folklore, anthropology, sociology, religion, literature, and psychology without jargon or distortion and with a fluent and useful interweaving of them all. The result is a readable, witty, and enormously cogent analysis, and a real tour de force. ~Diane Christian, State University of New York, Buffalo.