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Gabriele Shenar

Focusing on the aesthetic, moral, and affective economies of one-day multisite pilgrimage tours of Indian-Jewish Israelis to the tombs of tzaddikim (“righteous persons”) as well as venerated sites of biblical figures in Israel, the article explores how the neoliberal idea of entrepreneurial competitiveness assists in mobilizing and sustaining culturally valued moral and aesthetic inclinations. Furthermore, it foregrounds the “multisensoriality” of religiously defined practice, emotion, and belief and their role in the production of an Indian-Jewish ambiance and the narratives that it elicits. Clearly, throughout their pilgrimage, Indian-Jewish Israelis carve out their own spaces in which they author the sacred sites and cultural landscapes that they visit through aesthetic engagement, embodied ritual, and, more generally, sensory enactment. However, in order to achieve the desired ambiance, Indian-Jewish pilgrims must to some extent become entrepreneurs or consumers in Israel’s flourishing market of folk veneration both with regard to homegrown and imported saintly Jewish figures.

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Marc Roscoe Loustau

Why do post-pilgrimage slideshows help Transylvanian Hungarian Catholics perform domestic devotional labor? There is growing interest in breaking open pilgrimage research, and scholars have recently begun studying rituals of return—including pilgrims’ practice of using photographs to narrate their journeys after returning home. I contribute to this effort by sketching out the general characteristics of Transylvanian Hungarian Catholics’ post-pilgrimage slideshows about the Medjugorje shrine. I then give a detailed description of an exemplary case: a married couple’s presentation for their children gathered around the family computer. Although we might expect pilgrims to routinize stories and images from a chaotic journey, many slideshows were quite disorganized and impressionistic. This disorganization helped travelers tailor their stories to the diverse spiritual interests of guests in a changing Transylvanian Hungarian Catholic religious landscape. Family members’ conversations also dramatized how neoliberalism in Romania has emerged alongside new global pilgrimage sites like Medjugorje. Medjugorje appeals to pilgrims because it is a privileged site for advertising national wares on the global market.

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Henk Driessen

environmentalism, mainly with regard to their impact on Maltese society and culture. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he revisited his early interest in ritual and social change by studying the revival and expansion of celebrations throughout Europe as a reaction

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Among Cannibals and Headhunters

Jack London in Melanesia

Keith Newlin

of Roviana predatory headhunting, Shankar Aswani argues that part of the headhunting ritual in the Solomon Islands entailed objectifying victims by stripping them of personhood through representing them as animals, as fish or pigs (2000: 56) and that

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William Nessly, Noel B. Salazar, Kemal Kantarci, Evan Koike, Christian Kahl, and Cyril Isnart

to a social and processual analysis of pilgrimage, questioning the construction of sacred sites, rituals, and narratives as objects of desire. Manifestations of seduction are manifold and can help in rethinking the positive allures and negative

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Beyond the Glittering Golden Buddha Statues

Difference and Self-transformation through Buddhist Volunteer Tourism in Thailand

Brooke Schedneck

temple, the kindness, the peace and serenity of it all, I shall never forget those first feelings” ( Victoria 2013 ). The difference of the ritual and sounds as well as participating in the life of the temple community creates experiences of difference

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Nicholas F. Russell

, resourceful, and often miserable, the Chinese were a delightfully able people—able, that is, to make the best of almost any circumstance. Through their traditions and rituals, they were superbly well prepared to establish harmonious relations among themselves

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What Am I StIll Doing Here?

Travel, Travel Writing, and Old Age

Robin Jarvis

his African journey: in Ivory Coast, for example, he witnesses the daily feeding of crocodiles that inhabit a lake outside the royal palace in Yamoussoukro, just as he had forty-two years before, but notes various signs of a ritual declining in

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Yvonne Friedman and Shulamit Furstenberg-Levi

Franciscan Monastery on Mount Zion at the apex. It was he who organized the most important ritual—an effective communitas experience ( Bilu 1988 ; Turner 1973 )—which involved the convergence of numerous groups of pilgrims in a procession at the center of

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Abin Chakraborty

’s description of Hindu rituals, perhaps during Chaitra Sankranti, marking the end of spring. foure hundred thousand people go thither of purpose to bathe and shave themselves in the river, and to sacrifice a world of gold to the same river, partly in stamped