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Non “Religious” Knowing in Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites

Greek Cypriots’ “return” Pilgrimages to the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas (Cyprus)

Evgenia Mesaritou

's south and north. 2 The opening of the checkpoints in 2003 allowed people to re-visit places they were forced to abandon. 3 In this framework, Greek Cypriot (GC) pilgrimages to the monastery of AA have been revived ( Kokkinoftas 2009: 181 ). The

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Jackie Feldman

memories of the Greek Cypriot sites along the way become guides to pre-war Cyprus, as they connect the names and images learned in childhood notebooks and lessons with personal experiences. Distance here is essential to creating the desire that draws the

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Knowledge, Ignorance, and Pilgrimage

Evgenia Mesaritou, Simon Coleman, and John Eade

in the memory of the locals, who recall the failed Muslim attempts to resist the Jewish rebranding. The importance of living history and memory is also illustrated by Evgenia Mesaritou, who focuses on Greek Cypriots’ return pilgrimages to the