On an everyday pilgrimage: a suburban Greek convent as a pilgrimage site
by Mari-Johanna Rahkala-Simberg
International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA), Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012

Abstract: Pilgrimage is often seen as a special form of religious travelling which is done relatively rarely, possibly even only once in a lifetime, such as the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. This article argues that pilgrimage does not necessarily have to be such a rare and elevated form of religious behaviour; it can also be even a daily habit or a lifestyle a pilgrim wants to maintain. Pilgrimage in this case helps the pilgrim to maintain a set of values he or she considers important, such as the Greek Orthodox religion, Greekness and a connection to the local community. This article presents the sacred site visitation of a contemporary suburban convent in Northern Greece, the convent of the Dormition of the Virgin.

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