Local-level pilgrimages, when based on strong expressions of faith, can have a much wider local, regional and international appeal. It has been estimated that pilgrims and religious tourists number around 330 million per year, meaning development of these faith identities can help drive destination visitation and regional development. This book explores the central role of ordinary people in the popularization of faith-based practices, thus illustrating religious tourism as an expression of cultural identity. Focusing on the interrelationship of cultural groups and the overall formation of culture and society, this book:- Uses a range of multidisciplinary, sociological and ethnographic studies to illustrate the evolution of pilgrimage sites and saints.- Includes practical case studies and illustrations of religious tourism and pilgrimage development from a variety of international perspectives.- Provides a selection of discussion questions for each chapter, encouraging readers to engage with further study and investigation of these important issues.An invaluable review of cultural identity and faith, this book delivers to scholars, students and local policy makers a collection of current perspectives on the growth, development and evolution of faith practices surrounding contemporary and historical sites and saints.
About the Author
Fiorella Giacalone is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Political Science, University of Perugia (Italy). She has taught at the universities of Florianopolis (Brazil), Valladolid (Spain), Paris, and Marrakech (Morocco). She has published 7 books and 70 essays in books and Italian and foreign scientific reviews.
Kevin A. Griffin is at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Table of Contents
Part 1: From Local to International, the Development of Devotion1: Introduction: Local Identity and Transnational Cults2: Continuity from Local Cult to ‘Accepted’ Ritual3: Developing Pilgrimage Itineraries: The Way of St Francis in Umbria as Case in Point4: Pilgrimage, Religious Tourism and Heritage in Calabria5: Fighting for the Saint: Ritual Rivalries in Traditional PilgrimagesPart 2: Popular Pilgrimage Development6: Chinese Migrations and Pilgrimages around Prato (Italy) and Wenzhou (China)7: Globalizing Romani Culture: The Pilgrimage to the Sea in Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (France)8: The Cult of Señor de los Milagros of Peruvians in Italy9: Cultural Diversity in a Local French Pilgrimage10: Mixing Sport and Religion in the Landes Area of France11: An Ethnology of the Foreign Traveller to the Shrine of St Nicholas of Bari, ItalyPart 3: Focus on Saint Rita12: Healing Tourists with Religion: Saint Rita’s Cult in Poland13: A Transnational Cult: St Rita of Cascia14: Saint Rita of Cascia: An Evolving Devotion in Dublin’s Inner City15: Conclusion16: Discussion Questions