Lisa Pope Fischer: Ritualization of Ethno-Nationalism. A Textual Analysis of a Hungarian Corpus Christi Procession

Abstract. – Observing a Corpus Christi procession in postsocialist Hungary, this article uses a textual analysis to explore how the ritual mirrors postsocialist trends that affirm Hungarian identity. The article serves to both document an interesting ritual procession but also view it in light of growing ethno-nationalism that both unites a community yet also shows exclusion of others. It is like a mirror at a microcosmic level that reflects a kind of ritualization of ethno-nationalism. [Postsocialist Hungary, ritual procession, textual analysis, identity, catholicism]