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The complexities of religious tourism motivations: Sacred places, vows and visions

Terzidou, Matina, Scarles, Caroline and Saunders, Mark N.K. (2018) The complexities of religious tourism motivations: Sacred places, vows and visions Annals of Tourism Research, 70. pp. 54-65.

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The aim of this paper is to understand the complexity of travel motivations to sacred places. Using ethnographic techniques within the Greek Orthodox context, we argue that while motivations are institutionally constructed, they are fragile, dynamic and progressive; being embedded within everyday performances of religion. This calls into question the fixed centeredness and predetermined sacredness of religious sites. Travel motivations become directly influenced by believers’ intimate and emergent performances not only of places but also of religion itself; the meaning of places being based on lived experiences of doing religion and interacting with the sacred, as exemplified in vows and visions. Such understandings are crucial in predicting the effects of failing pilgrimages and the processes of authentication of places, which can help explain visitation patterns.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Saunders, Mark
Date : May 2018
DOI : 10.1016/j.annals.2018.02.011
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Religious tourism; Motivation; Performance; Vows
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 09 Apr 2018 08:28
Last Modified : 15 Mar 2020 02:08

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