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Going with the flow: contemporary pilgrimage in Glastonbury

Bowman, Marion (2008). Going with the flow: contemporary pilgrimage in Glastonbury. In: Margry, Peter Jan ed. Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World: New Itineraries into the Sacred. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 241–280.

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Abstract

About the book:
The modern pilgrimage – to sites ranging from Elvis’s Graceland to the Vietnam veterans’ annual Ride to the Wall to Jim Morrison’s Paris grave – is intertwined with our existential uncertainties in the face of a rapidly changing world. In a climate that reproduces the religious quest in seemingly secular places, it is no longer clear exactly what the term pilgrimage infers – and this unique glimpse at the modern spiritual journeys critiques our notions of the secular and the sacred, while commenting on the media’s multiplication of images that renders the modern pilgrimage a quest without an object.
Using new ethnographical and theoretical approaches, this vivid collection offers a surprising new vision on the nonsecularity of the “secular” pilgrimage.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 90-8964-011-8, 978-90-8964-011-6
Keywords: pilgrims; pilgrimages; shrines
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Religious Studies
Item ID: 22131
Depositing User: Jean Fone
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 14:01
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22131
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