• From Pilgrim to Tourist and Back Again: Travel as a Sacred Journey

    Author(s):
    Matthew Hughes (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Pilgrimage, Early Christianity, Travel, Cultural anthropology, Mobility studies, Cultural heritage, Latin
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Itineraria, tourism, anthropology of tourism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6TW0J
    Abstract:
    This paper explores the gray area that exists between the semantic differentiation of the terms pilgrim and tourist. Understanding all travel in light of Graburn's "sacred journey", the importance of this semantic difference is diminished. I use original Roman itineraria (travelogues) to trace travel to the Holy Land spanning nearly 1600 years. I include my own ethnographic field observations as a modern travelogue of a visit to the Holy Land. Ultimately, this paper provides a sweeping view of travel and its ability through fleeting moments of earnest self-fulfillment, memory creation, and embodied experience to function as a dynamic (re)creator of identity.
    Notes:
    Paper presented as a John C. Young Scholar at the annual John C. Young Symposium in May 2016.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved
    Share this:

    Downloads

    Item Name: pdf from-pilgrim-to-tourist-and-back-again-travel-as-a-sacred-journey.pdf
      Download View in browser
    Activity: Downloads: 227