Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 February 2008

122 Pages | 20 color illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9789774161261

Bookseller Code (03)

Coptic Saints and Pilgrimages

Otto F. A. Meinardus

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

Here in Coptic Saints and Pilgrims, Otto Meinardus examines the popular traditions and beliefs of the Copts. While the Coptic Orthodox church is strongly influenced by Hellenistic modes of thinking, many of the folk attitudes and practices by contrast have their roots in the religious heritage of pharaonic Egypt, and while the official faith is by its sacramental nature exclusive, the folk religion is inclusive and touches every aspect of the personal lives of ordinary Copts. It is this popular aspect of Coptic religious devotion that is revealed here.