Appropriating Jerusalem’s Disputed Lands through Sacred Spaces: Female Rituals at the Tombs of Mary and Rachel

Author: Stadler Nurit

Publisher/Publication: Anthropological Quarterly

Volume/Issue: 88(3)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1353/anq.2015.0030

This article analyzes the way that womanhood is presented and utilized by Christian communities in the Israel/Palestine territory. At the same time it juxtaposes this with the way that movements for national unity in other countries employ the image of womanhood as symbolized by the Virgin Mary. On the other hand, the Christian minorities in Israel/Palestine view the Virgin Mary as the protector of the weak, the repressed and the minorities. In other words, the dynamics that ensue from womanhood symbolism is quite different in Israel/Palestine that in the western world. To that effect, the author moves forward with a comparision between the Tomb of Rachel and the Tomb of Mary through the lens of territorial claims within the disputed territorries. As such, the author presents a thorough correlation between the image of womanhood in Israel/Palestine with regards to the Jewish idea of state and the Christian minorities' perception of collective imaginary.