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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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‘We are all Goddesses’: female sacred paths in Italy

‘We are all Goddesses’: female sacred paths in Italy

Ten ‘We are all Goddesses’: female sacred paths in Italy
Women and Religion

Roberta Pibiri

Stefania Palmisano

Policy Press

This chapter reflects on the relations between gender and religion, by analysing a new form of spirituality coming from the Anglophone world — Goddess Spirituality — which has arrived in Italy in the new millennium. Goddess Spirituality is one of the most important and challenging forms, where the movement of rediscovering paths of the sacred female is evident. As some studies demonstrate, while an ever increasing proportion of women leave the Catholic Church, the majority do not redirect their spiritual seeking outside the Catholic milieu by approaching the world of so-called alternative spiritualities. Goddess Spirituality's contemporaneous spiritual/secular orientation is a source of empowerment for its adherents because it is capable of integrating into its symbolic, axiological universe a gender concept with a sacred dimension.

Keywords:   Goddess Spirituality, Italy, sacred female, women, Catholic Church, alternative spiritualities, gender concept

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