Women’s role in central European religious culture
Culture and religion in central Europe have been deeply impacted by political and economic changes in the region. New religions and New Age tenets penetrated central European societies and blended with traditional folk faiths and dominant religions, creating a complex religious culture. Women were instrumental in this process, but no systematic study has focused on this aspect. The EU-funded WiseWomen project will explore women’s role in the rise of heterogeneous religious culture in central European societies. It will focus on wise women, female experts of magic, medicine and religion as specific figures in contemporary urban and rural societies. Fieldwork will be carried out in multi-ethnic and multi-confessional communities in northern Croatia, south-western Hungary and Slovenia.