Today I heard something most peculiar, and was wondering if there is a Biblical basis and/or if there were other denominations that teach this.

An older gentleman whom I know very well, and almost think of as a father, during a discussion about Mary Magdalene said (verbatim):

Oh, well you see - some call her the "Black Madonna." (Because we had talked about theories as to whether her and Jesus could have been married - though this is irrelevant to the question at hand)

This is a most perplexing "revelation" to me, knowing that Biblically we know that Mary was saved from a life of sin to serve Jesus Christ.

I've looked all over the internet, and the most I can find about anything "Black Madonna" related is depictions of Mary, Mother of Jesus as a black woman.

What is the basis for this teaching? Is there any Biblical basis it? What groups teach it today?

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    Until this question, I never heard the phrase "Black Madonna" applied to St. Mary Magdalene. When I've heard the phrase it almost always referred to a famous icon in Czestochowa, Poland, which I believe has been a pilgrimage site for a long time. Mar 9, 2015 at 23:24
  • Same as myself. Yet, these people insist that the term is or has been used to describe Mary Magdalene - particularly in reference to speculations of Christ/Mary being married. As stated, such is beside the point. I'm just curious where this comes from to Mary (Mag) if at all.
    – Jesse
    Mar 10, 2015 at 1:16

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Mary Magdalene is known as the "Black Madonna" and conflated with a fertility goddess (Isis, the Black Goddess) in Gnostic thought, popular among Templars and Cathars back in the day and with more written about it in the Gnostic Gospels found more recently at Nag Hammadi. You can read an article about the Gnostic cult of Mary Magdalene here.

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