ABSTRACT

In the epilogue, all the central themes of the book are drawn together to argue for the powerful presence of women’s cross-cultural Marian piety. Mary is not only a maternal and sisterly figure – someone an ordinary woman can identify with as another woman – but also a powerful and holy woman to whom earthly women can turn, especially in issues and situations that have more urgency for them as women. A feminist critique has to be connected with this lived Marian devotion of women, which does not necessarily follow the teachings of the churches. This is also the base for a genuinely ecumenical and interreligious Mariology, in which her figure serves a bridge rather than an obstacle.