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

Terzidou, Matina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2180-924X, 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. ISSN 0160-7383 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.annals.2018.02.011)

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Abstract

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
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 23934
Notes on copyright: © 2018. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User: Matina Terzidou
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 15:45
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 14:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23934

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