The Virgin of Savina : Identity and Multiculturalism
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The sixteenth-century miracle-working icon of the Virgin Glykophilousa in the Serbian Orthodox monastery of Savina, modern Montenegro, has been the focus of cult and devotions for centuries. A compelling visual presence, it played multiple roles: liturgical, social, legal, and cultic. In each of its roles, it provided support for ethnic and religious identity, being above all a palladium both for believers as individuals and for the Orthodox Christian community as a whole in the complex multicultural and multiconfessional contexts of foreign Venetian rule in the eighteenth-century Gulf of Kotor (Boka Kotorska/ Bocche di Cattaro).
Keywords:Gulf of Kotor (Boka Kotorska/Bocche di Cattaro) / Virgin of Savina / Cretan School / ex-voto / palladium / multiculturalism / identity
Source:Balcanica, 2017, 48, 33-53
- Belgrade : Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts