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 reflections on the nature of supplication and Gozitan social relations.
Ritualised Empathy on the Doorstep of Heaven
Steven Brooke, Dafne Accoroni, Olga Ulturgasheva, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Eugenia Roussou, Francesco Vacchiano, Jeffrey D. Howison, Susan Greenwood, Yvonne Daniel, Joana Bahia, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Charles Lincoln Vaughan, Katrien Pype, and Linda van de Kamp
-Pentecostal ones. The Northeast is part of a religious context called Brazil, and in this book the two have been separated. The first chapter presents a study about the devotion to São Francisco das Chagas that emphasizes the meaning of ex-votos, or votive
La nourriture et le sacré dans le chiisme iranien
'acte de consacrer quelque chose à Dieu » (Kazimirski) ou par « vœu, action de vouer, ex-voto » (Lazard). Il s'agit ici aussi d'un terme coranique, assez chargé et ambigu, apparaissant à cinq reprises dans le Coran (2 : 270 ; 3 : 35 ; 19 : 26 ; 22 : 29 ; 76
basilica was to function as a pilgrimage destination, allowing individuals to participate in the redemption of France. For Catholics, it was a symbol of dedication, an “ex-voto” for the return of Christianity and the redemption of France. 58 To socialists
by the many flowers and other offerings/ ex votos inserted into the top of the low iron grille that encircled the statue. Flowers were also left near the statue of Bernadette as a young shepherdess pensively watching her sheep, and flowers and other