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Titre du document / Document title

Goddess pilgrims as tourists: Inscribing the body through sacred travel = Les pèlerins de la déesse comme des touristes : l'inscription du corps dans un voyage sacré

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

ROUNTREE Kathryn (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Massey University, NOUVELLE-ZELANDE

Résumé / Abstract

The paper examines the religious meanings of journeys made to sites associated with ancient Goddess worship by women who belong to the Goddess movement. While 'Goddess pilgrims' have characteristics in common with other religious pilgrims and with other middle-class tourists, especially those inclined towards ethnic tourism, environmental tourism and historical tourism, they also possess some crucial, distinctive characteristics. Through travelling to sacred sites for explicitly stated spiritual purposes, these women express both their religious identity and their political consciousness. Self-transformation is seen by them as a fundamental component of societal transformation. The paper argues that such journeys contribute to a radical re-inscription of the female body by exposing women to alternative representations of the feminine and by providing contexts in which the feminine can be re-imagined and re-experienced through symbolic activity and ritual. Through the rituals they perform at sites, Goddess pilgrims experience their female bodies as sacred, themselves as divine

Revue / Journal Title

Sociology of religion    ISSN  1069-4404   CODEN SRELE2 

Source / Source

2002, vol. 63, no4, pp. 475-496 [22 page(s) (article)] (1 p.3/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Association for the Sociology of Religion, Holiday, FL, ETATS-UNIS  (1993) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Neolithic

;

Malta

;

Crete

;

Communitas

;

Sacredness

;

Body (Human)

;

Ritual

;

Feminism

;

Tourism

;

Woman

;

Pilgrimage

;

Goddess

;

Religion

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Nouveaux mouvements religieux

;

Néolithique

;

Malte

;

Crète

;

Communitas

;

Sacré

;

Corps

;

Rituel

;

Féminisme

;

Tourisme

;

Femme

;

Pélerinage

;

Déesse

;

Religion

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 24801, 35400010574334.0040

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 14435488



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