What is it about Mary - 2017-2018

Pennsylvania’s Catholic population is ranked number nine, with the higher population of Catholics being on the east coast of Pennsylvania versus the west. Growing up in western Pennsylvania, I slowly began to notice Virgin Mary statues in yards, cemeteries and churches, without understanding the context of meaning. The placement sparked my curiosity, Mary is a highly regarded religious icon and yet she is placed in a bush or next to a porch. Many people have the statues to remind them of their faith or to serve as protection, while others have been obtained, passed down through generations.  What is it about Mary highlights the curious nature of holy figures being treated as lawn ornaments. Similar to the statues, the bibles exist just as they were found, as commodities.