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Montenegro versus Crna Gora: the rival hagiographic genealogies of the new Montenegrin polity

Forbess, Alice (2013) Montenegro versus Crna Gora: the rival hagiographic genealogies of the new Montenegrin polity. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 2013 (67). pp. 47-60. ISSN 0920-1297

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Identification Number: 10.3167/fcl.2013.670104

Abstract

This article examines how hero-ancestor-saints came to be drawn into contestations over heritage, economic assets, and ritual between two rival groups of Orthodox clerics and their political and entrepreneurial backers. After Montenegro's secession from Serbia (2006), pro- and anti-Serbian factions of the population have been mobilized under the banners of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) and of the recently formed Montenegrin Orthodox Church (MOC). As spheres of authority are being carved out in the new polity, competing political and sacred genealogies are used to articulate the nation's descent through earlier state projects in the region. This article examines how Orthodox notions of charisma and leadership intersect with the heroic traditions of highland clans and contemporary state processes to create specific forms of authority inscribed in divine kinship gesnealogies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/focaal/
Additional Information: © 2013 Stichting Focaal and Berghahn Books
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 15:03
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 01:56
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55136

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