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The totalitarian catholic identity of the Csángós in Moldavia

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Arăș, Roxana Maria

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Abstract This article explores the social construction of the Catholic religious identity within the Csángó community from the Moldavia region. A challenging endeavour, the origins of the Csangos are shrouded in mystery due to their ambiguous history and their unacknowledged ethnic minority status. Emphasizing on the concept of memory and the imperative of continuity, the article reveals the unchallenged religious memory of this community. The authoritative tradition of the Catholic church is uncontested, the respondents being Catholics above all. What is more, the religious identity is pervading every sphere of their identification process, its clash with the ethnic dimension being analyzed in detail.
Keywords Moldova; religious group; identity; Catholic Church (Roman); ethnicity; religion; reminiscence; minority
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Sociology of Religion
Free Keywords Tschango
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 473-487
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 11 (2011) 3
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works