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December 24, 2012

Tourism retains some metaphysical connotations of pilgrimage

“Could there be something of the sacred left in the tourist’s experience today? As well as the similarities in scale, modern-day mass tourism maintains some of the metaphysical connotations of the pilgrimage. After all one does not actually purchase anything physical when planning a trip, rather its a means by which we can acquire experiences. Thus the sheer intangibility of the modern-day holiday (and one should not forget the religious provenance of this word) hearkens back to its spiritual predecessor. Similarly while a secular world may allow tourists to create their own holy places, sanctified by natural beauty, good weather or physical challenges, the idea that one returns from sacred journeys with a changed perspective is still implicitly the case. Tourists, like pilgrims, seek recreation in the fullest sense of the word.”
–George Pendle, “Sight Seers,” Bidoun, Spring/Summer 2006

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  1. Martin Gray Says:

    Places of Peace and Power web site at http://sacredsites.com/ has extensive coverage of pilgrimage places around the world by National Geographic photographer Martin Gray

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