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Orthodox Pilgrimage in Contemporary Russia

By Stella Rock

Routledge – 2015 – 248 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Religion, Travel, and Tourism

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Description

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the religious landscape in Russia has undergone a marked transformation: re-sacralization has seen a revival of historic shrines and procession routes, the creation of new sacred places and practices, and the institutional church management of pilgrimage. This has sparked debate about the characteristics of contemporary Russian belief and religiosity, as well as the relation between the sacred and secular.

Orthodox Pilgrimage in Contemporary Russia is a systematic attempt to consider the mixture of piety, politics, and history at work in the revival of post-Soviet Orthodox Christian pilgrimage. Stella Rock contributes to our understanding of this phenomenon by analyzing concepts of authenticity, invented tradition, and sacredness; the relationships between travel and place, heritage, and identity; and the role of institutions in the development of pilgrimage practices. Most importantly, she attempts to understand why and how there has been such a notable revival, taking a bottom-up approach which focuses on pilgrims’ perceptions and articulated motivations, while setting these in broader ecclesiastical, political, and historical contexts.

Contents

Introduction 1. The Return of Pilgrimage 2. Resolving Life’s Problems 3. Seeking Out the Sacred: Numenosity and Grace 4. Processions and the Re-sacralizing of the Russian Landscape 5. St. Seraphim’s Pilgrimages: Travelling Relics and Icons 6. Walking Sunday Schools: Processions and Proselytising 7. Repentance and Commemoration, Remembering and Forgetting 8. The Heritage of Holy Rus 9. When is a Pilgrim Not a Pilgrim? Shrines, Museums and Heritage Tourism 10. State-sponsored Pilgrimage: The Curious Case of Peter and Fevronia 11. Christina Pilgrimage in a Multicultural Nation Conclusion: The Re-enchantment of Russia

Author Bio

Stella Rock is Associate Lecturer at The Open University, UK

Name: Orthodox Pilgrimage in Contemporary Russia (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Stella Rock. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the religious landscape in Russia has undergone a marked transformation: re-sacralization has seen a revival of historic shrines and procession routes, the creation of new sacred places and practices, and the...
Categories: Religion, Tourism and Pilgrimage, Orthodoxy, Central Asian, Russian & Eastern European Studies, 20th century, Religion & Anthropology, Religion & Sociology, Religious History