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Pilgrims and travellers in search of
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ARTICLE in JOURNAL OF HERITAGE TOURISM · AUGUST 2011
DOI: 10.1080/1743873X.2011.601883

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while the remaining two are in fact case studies within the context of Christianity. Photographs are texts as well and. The theoretical part elaborates on universal aspects of pilgrimage and travel. The book has a few color photographs (inserted between pp. whereas the empirical part focuses on examples from West Bengal. This interesting volume explores these issues mainly from the point of view of comparative religion and cultural studies. While such a concluding chapter is usually not found in conference proceedings. This volume is well written and interesting. Japan. China. and is very rich and varied in its ethnography. which help familiarize the reader with the sites mentioned. the first one being the title (Pilgrims and Travellers in Search of the Holy). 3. The book comprises an introduction by the editor and two additional parts: ‘Theoretical Aspects of Pilgrimage Studies’ (four chapters) and ‘Case Studies of Buddhist and Hindu Sites’ (nine chapters). but presents a number of scientific editorial flaws. edited by Rene´ Gotho´ni. as such. and are presented separately. but are limited in their theoretical discussion and contribution.informaworld. held at the University of Helsinki in 2008. which is very broad. E45. over a period of hundreds of years. ISSN 1743-873X print/ISSN 1747-6631 online DOI: 10. 2010.com . ISBN 978-0-0343-0161-9 This book is an edited volume from a symposium of the same name. The third editorial problem is the absence of a concluding chapter. a meaningful and comprehensive conclusion is what distinguishes a good edited volume from conference proceedings. despite the large number of publications on pilgrimage and search of the holy.1080/1743873X. India. but these photographs are not mentioned in the text. August 2011. The second editorial problem is in the theoretical section. These two chapters (Christensson’s ‘In Search of Learning and Holiness: Scandinavians Going Abroad from the Middle Ages to the Present’ and Rahkala’s ‘In the Sphere of the Holy: Pilgrimage to a Contemporary Greek Convent’) are interesting and rich in historical and contemporary ethnographical data. Greece. Russia and Tibet. No. 6. it is quite incomparable to other scholarly publications in this field.. only two are purely theoretical (Gotho´ni’s ‘Pilgrimage: Three Theoretical Interpretations’ and Coleman’s ‘Pilgrimage and the Blessings of Place-making: Reflections on and Beyond the Anthropology of Pilgrimage’). Oxford. Since most of the book is about case studies from Asia. Out of the four chapters. anthropology and geography. 265 –266 BOOK REVIEW Downloaded by [Emek Hayarden College] at 01:17 19 December 2011 Pilgrims and travellers in search of the holy. After taking the readers on a fascinating journey through Scandinavia. Russia and large parts of Asia. Peter Lang. one would expect some concluding remarks that compare the various case studies and elaborate on the common themes. The book is quite unique and. including comparative religion.601883 http://www. and as a result the reader suddenly ‘bumps’ into these photographs long after reading about the sites. The search for the holy has always been an important human desire that had generated both tourist activity and academic research in various disciplines.Journal of Heritage Tourism Vol.20 (pbk).2011. 182 and 183). xii + 306 pp. a subtitle in this direction would have been helpful.

This volume deals greatly with heritage and with tourism to meaningful places of heritage. One of the most interesting sections is Rahkala’s chapter on pilgrimage to a contemporary Greek convent located in a city in northern Greece. Amos S. in my view. and I would argue that what we have here is in fact a form of spiritual leisure activity. anthropology and cultural studies.Downloaded by [Emek Hayarden College] at 01:17 19 December 2011 266 Book review can make an important contribution to conventional written texts. their geographical background is mainly northern European. Ron Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. provided they are analyzed and interpreted in the text itself.com # 2011. Most of the pilgrims described there are local Greek Orthodox women who live nearby and visit the convent on a regular basis. ‘culture’. comparative religion. ‘pilgrimage’ and ‘journey’ are used instead. and culture. yet these two words are absent from the text. its readership will most likely be scholars and students of comparative religion. The disciplinary backgrounds of the authors are history. This book is very scholastic and. ‘religion’. Ron . and their specific and. The terms ‘pilgrimage’ and ‘proskynima’ that are used by Rakhala are insufficient to describe a routinized short visit to a nearby sacred place. while the words ‘history’. Israel Email: amosron@gmail. of course. Amos S. as such. anthropology. I would like to conclude with a few words on the nature of inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary dialogues. limited choice of words suggests that there is a need for a greater scientific dialogue between the academic disciplines.