Mary is the major female figure in the Bible.
She is the saint, the patron saint of entire countries and nations. Countless are the prayers people have been directing to her for centuries and countless the people who put themselves under her protection.
As with all saints, her figure has undergone changes during the centuries, various ideas are associated with her.
However, images of Mary are also seen in a more controversial light: virgin birth, the serving, obedient handmaiden – pictures of a patriarchal religion?
The history of Marian devotion begins in the Bible.