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p. 835. Festivity, tourism, and souvenirslocked

  • Ian Reader


‘Festivity, tourism, and souvenirs’ describes the elements that are often woven into pilgrimage structures: celebration, entertainment, holidays, markets, and shopping. The scope pilgrimages offer for play, sightseeing, and shopping, as well as for prayer, devotion, and ascetic activities, has been influential in their appeal but can cause tensions and unease. Examples include the communal feast to celebrate the end of the hajj, the annual autumn festival at the Our Lady of the Realm shrine in Vietnam, and the souvenirs on offer at Lourdes. Items brought back from a pilgrimage are important as reminders of the place visited, of one’s journey there, and as symbols of its power.

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