Christian Pilgrimage Groups in Jerusalem

Framing the Experience Through Linear Meta-Narrative

in Volume 7 (2006): Issue 2 (Dec 2006)
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Christian pilgrims come to the Holy Land to visit specific physical places that give their faith a tangible form. On organized tours, pilgrimage is structured through an itinerary which consists of a series of encounters, purposefully shaped to bring to life the story of Jesus. These encounters involve performative practices of tour-group leaders at specific symbolic sites with particular narratives. The biblical reality is invoked through a process of meta-framing which allows for a cognitive shift from the mundane walking from site to site into a biblical reality. Meta-framing interlaces the Christian religious memory, performed by the spiritual leader, with the Israeli historical memory, performed by the Israeli tour guide, into a single, linear meta-narrative.

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The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

in Volume 7 (2006): Issue 2 (Dec 2006)

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