Wanderers in the shadow of the sacred myth: pilgrims in the 21st Century
2016 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Drawing on qualitative interviews with people journeying to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, this paper examines contemporary forms of pilgrimage. The journeys are found to encompass elements of both pilgrimage and tourism, blending the sacred and the profane. Contemporary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is shown to be an expression of new forms of spirituality, as well as reflecting the global increase in tourism, rather than as a revival of a traditional religious practice. At one level, the sacred meaning of Santiago de Compostela is thus shifting. A sense of the historical sacredness of the Way persists, however, and this is as an important backdrop for the understanding and experience of the contemporary pilgrim.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Pilgrimage, Sacred Place, PIlgrims, Post-Secular, Tourism and Santiago de Compostela
Research subject Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38908DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1249398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38908DiVA: diva2:884072