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Winner of 2009 Dissertation Award of the German Association for the Study of Religions

Grasmück, Oliver

Eine Marienerscheinung in Zeiten der Diktatur

Der Konflikt um Peñablanca, Chile: Religion und Manipulation unter Pinochet

[A Marian Apparition in Times of Dictatorship]

Series:Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten 56

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    September 2009
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    Aims and Scope

    In Catholicism, ‘Marian apparitions’ such as those at Lourdes belong to the most spectacular cases of religious mass phenomenon. A prominent case occurred in 1983 in Peñablanca, Chile. During the first difficult crisis year of the Pinochet dictatorship, a seventeen-year-old youth reported an apparition near Valparaíso. Through dedicated supporters, pilgrimages and press reports, it soon developed into both a mass phenomenon and a media phenomenon. The case became particularly controversial following accusations that the military government had become involved in the events with manipulative intensions.

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    xxxiv, 709 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Chile; Marian Apparition; Pinochet; Religious Studies; Vision
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    "Somt leistet G. Pionierarbeit, indem er die umfangreiche zeitgenössische Berichterstattung auswertet, systematisiert und sie durch Interviews, Archivforschung sowie Schriften aus dem Penablanca-Umfeld komplementiert. In der genauen Beschreibung der Ereignisse und in der kritischen Systematisierung der Informationen liegt das Verdienst der Studie."
    Veit Straßner in: Theologische Revue 3/2010

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