Pilgrims to the Bosnian town of Medjugorje find peace at the heart of several conflicts that involve ethnic, religious, and political tensions; the natural and the supernatural; rural and urban lifestyles; the role of the Catholic Church; the sacred and the profane; and the Virgin Mary's messages. Peace within this place is found by creating community, the Other, ritual, and myth.
Keywords: Bosnia, geography of religion, place.
Mr. JURKOVICH teaches social studies at Saint Thomas Academy, Saint Paul. DR. GESLER is a professor of geography at the University of North Carolina.
To contact the lead author: Professor James M. Jurkovich
Department of Social Studies
St. Thomas Academy
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St. Paul, MN 55120