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Mater Nostra: The Anti-blasphemy Message of the Feminist Punk-Prayer

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Elena Ivanovna Volkova

Independent expert in religion, literature and art in 1981-2011 - Professor of Moscow State University, RU
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PhD in Comparative Literature and Culture

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Former Professor of Lomonosov Moscow State University

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Abstract

In this essay I develop a blasphemy counter-discourse arguing that it was ecclesial and state authorities who committed blasphemies, which were condemned by Pussy Riot’s punk-prayer. Thus, the performance in this respect may be interpreted as an anti-blasphemy protest. The blasphemy list includes the collaboration of the church with the authoritarian state, known as heresy of Sergianism; Caesar and Temple idolatry, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, Virgin Mary and Folly for Christ’s sake. The punk-prayer may be interpreted as a feminine version of the Lord’s Prayer – Mater Nostra. Several corporeal narratives in the background – women’s dress code and rape debates, Virgin Mary’s belt, and its alleged miraculous ability to help women to deliver a baby – may be seen as allegories of feminist vs. patriarchal opposition in Russian religious and political culture.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.9897
How to Cite: Volkova, E.I., (2014). Mater Nostra: The Anti-blasphemy Message of the Feminist Punk-Prayer. Religion and Gender. 4(2), pp.202–208. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.9897
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Published on 21 Dec 2014.

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