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“Old Church Women”: An Insight into the Less Understood and Their Contribution to the Life of the Orthodox Church

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Hyperion University of Bucharest, 030615 Bucharest, Romania
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National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, 012244 Bucharest, Romania
Societies 2019, 9(3), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9030063
Received: 16 June 2019 / Revised: 24 August 2019 / Accepted: 26 August 2019 / Published: 3 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ageing and Interpersonal Communication)
In this study, I aim to explore the role of old women in the life of the Christian Orthodox Church in the Romanian space. The analysis is based on empirical evidence (qualitative fieldwork and case studies) gathered between 2017 and 2019, and it mainly employs the framework of theory of tradition, and theories of attachment and of parent–infant relationship. I will show that old women going to church have a double role: To educate the community in keeping the religious tradition, and to initiate other members, especially the very young ones (blood-related or not), in the Romanian Orthodox faith. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages offered by both aforementioned roles, putting forth possible explanations for the tensions arising between generations. I conclude by underlining the crucial role that old women have in today’s struggle for survival of the Romanian Orthodox Church and in its spiritual identity. View Full-Text
Keywords: old women; the Romanian Orthodox Church; implicit and explicit roles in church; theory of tradition; attachment theory; knowledge/attitudes transmission old women; the Romanian Orthodox Church; implicit and explicit roles in church; theory of tradition; attachment theory; knowledge/attitudes transmission
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Țânculescu, L. “Old Church Women”: An Insight into the Less Understood and Their Contribution to the Life of the Orthodox Church. Societies 2019, 9, 63.

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