ABSTRACT

The Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, is central in the Orthodox tradition, albeit differently than in Western Christianity. The chapter discusses the Orthodox tradition in Finland, where the influence of Orthodoxy has been and is stronger than in other Nordic countries, due to the country´s history and geographical location. The author’s original ethnography among contemporary Orthodox women in Finland highlights how women negotiate with a variety of means with the gendered teachings of the Orthodox Church. The Mother of God has an important role in the lived religion of these women.