In this article, we analyze two contemporary local Eastern Orthodox contexts, Estonia and Finland, which are related and yet different. We are especially interested in how women negotiate with their Orthodox faith and, within it, the figure of the Mother of God. We are interested in the intersections of popular Mariology (both beliefs and practises), gender and ethnicity. We explore Marian interpretations among Finnish and Estonian Seto women because the Mother of God occupies a special role and meaning for women in both cultures. This meaning could be described as a simultaneous process of identification with Mary and differentiation from her. In this interplay, both Mary’s gendered humanity and her ability for divine intervention are accentuated.
How to Cite:
Kalkun, A. and Vuola, E., 2017. The Embodied Mother of God and the Identities of Orthodox Women in Finland and Setoland. Religion and Gender, 7(1), pp.18–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10165