Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World

Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World

By Peter Jan Margry
Book Description

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.

Vanuit een antropologisch perspectief wordt in dit boek bevestigd dat de mens een voortdurende behoefte aan bedevaart heeft, zelfs in onze moderne wereld. Het boek analyseert op welke wijze de moderne bedevaart verstrengeld is geraakt met menselijke existentiële problemen en onzekerheden, maar ook op welke wijze moderne media beelden scheppen die in staat zijn de behoefte van bedevaarders aan tastbare overblijfselen van het cultobject uit weten te sluiten en daarmee nieuwe vormen van bedevaart kan creëren. Het vervagen van het bestaande opbiechtende paradigma maakt ruimte voor een nieuwe route op weg naar het heilige. Zodoende hebben de tien schrijvers van deze bundel diverse en fascinerende etnografische veldonderzoeken gedaan - variërend van onderzoek naar Soekarno en 'cancer' bossen tot onderzoek naar Jim Morrison en Tito - met de bedoeling om de religieuze factor aanwezig bij deze, op het eerste oog, seculaire plaatsen te vangen en te bevestigen, om zo uiteindelijk het fenomeen van de bedevaart te kunnen beoordelen. Deze bundel distantieert zich van de 'traditionele' bedevaart en op basis van de gewonnen data en de evaluatie van de hoofdtheoretische benaderingen, geeft dit boek een nieuwe visie op moderne vormen van bedevaart en sluit het het concept van 'seculaire bedevaart' uit.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • On the Authors
  • Secular Pilgrimage: A Contradiction in Terms?1
    • Research into change
    • Communitas vs individuality
    • Movement and travel vs sanctuary and locality
    • Tourism and Pilgrimage
    • The Secular and the Religious
    • Ethnography and Analysis
    • Notes
  • I The Political Realm
    • The Anti-Mafi a Movement as Religion?The Pilgrimage to Falcone’s Tree
      • The Tree Form
      • The Pilgrimage as Bearing Witness
      • Imago Christi
      • ‘Martyrs of the Law’
      • Conclusion
      • Notes
    • ‘I’m not religious, but Tito is a God’:Tito, Kumrovec, and the New Pilgrims
      • Kumrovec
      • An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Life
      • The Day of Youth and the Statue of Josip Broz inKumrovec
      • New Perspectives on Tito and Kumrovec
      • Notes
    • Patriotism and Religion:Pilgrimages to Soekarno ’s Grave
      • Introduction1
      • Soekarno
      • A Simple Grave
      • A Mausoleum and Gradual Rehabilitation
      • The Pilgrims
      • Secular, Magical and Religious Goals
      • Concluding remarks
      • Notes
  • II The Musical Realm
    • Rock and Roll Pilgrims: Refl ections on Ritual,Religiosity, and Race at Graceland
      • Elvis ’s Image
      • Saint Elvis
      • Graceland as Pilgrimage Site
      • Elvis Week
      • All-White Elvis
      • Notes
    • The Pilgrimage to Jim Morrison ’s Grave at PèreLachaise Cemetery:The Social Construction of Sacred Space
      • Mythologizing
      • Fan Scene vs Heritage
      • Idol, Icon or Saint?
      • The Espace Morrison
      • The Religious Factor
      • Conclusion
      • Notes
    • The Apostle of Love: The Cult of Jimmy Zámbó inPost-Socialist Hungary
      • The Tale of Jimmy Zámbó
      • Life and Death in the Tabloids
      • ‘Secular’ Pilgrimage
      • Pilgrimage Motives
      • Pilgrims at the Sacred Place
      • Conclusion
      • Notes
  • III The Sports Realm
    • Pre’s Rock : Pilgrimage, Ritual, and Runners’Traditions at the Roadside Shrine for StevePrefontaine 1
      • Pre’s Rock
      • Roadside Memorials and Spontaneous Shrines
      • Shrine, Pilgrimage Site, Spirituality, and Inspiration
      • The Spirit of Steve Prefontaine : Intercession, Prayers,and Blessings
      • Gifts and Votive Offerings
      • Conclusion
      • Notes
  • IV The Realm of Life, Spirituality and Death
    • Going with the Flow: Contemporary Pilgrimagein Glastonbury
      • Introduction
      • The Context
      • Simultaneous Pilgrimage in Glastonbury
      • Vernacular Christianity
      • Avalon , King Arthur and the Goddess
      • Multifaith Pilgrimage
      • Virtual co-presence in Glastonbury
      • Facing the Moment : the Solar Eclipse and MillenniumEve
      • Individuals and Intermittent Co-presence
      • Consensus and Communitas: Earth energies
      • Conclusion
      • Notes
    • The Pilgrimage to the ‘Cancer Forest’ onthe ‘Trees for Life Day’ in Flevoland
      • The Trees for Life Day
      • Ritual Framework
      • ‘Sudden Unjust Deaths’
      • Fellow Sufferers and Incidental Ritual Communities
      • Fundamental Ritual Forms
      • Inclusive Confi guration
      • Location-specifi c Shrine
      • Created / invented and Practical
      • Rites of Passage
      • Feelings and Motives
      • Conclusion: Pilgrimage as a Ritual Reference
    • Sites of Memory, Sites of Sorrow:An American Veterans’ Motorcycle Pilgrimage
      • History and Purpose of the Run for the Wall
      • A Note on Methodology
      • The Run for the Wall as Pilgrimage
      • Places of Ritual, Places of Power
      • Ritual, Narrative, and Healing: the Wall
      • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a Shrine
      • Healing, Identity, and Memory
      • Shrines as Memory, Shrines as Forgetting
      • Notes
  • Conclusion
  • List of Illustrations
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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