Placement and Pilgrimage

David Brown

in God and Enchantment of Place

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271986
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602801 | DOI:
Placement and Pilgrimage

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This chapter consists of three sections. The first considers feelings of alienation in modern cities and contrasts this with ancient approaches to home and city. Detailed consideration is given to attitudes in ancient Rome, and the history of religious influences on town planning over the centuries is also explored. The second section then looks at the question of symbolic geography, and in particular the medieval practice of placing Jerusalem at the centre of maps (never understood literally). The final section discusses pilgrimage, noting how even those religions initially hostile nonetheless eventually succumb (e.g. Buddhism, Sikhism). Two aspects are explored in some detail: the contrasting use of the maze or labyrinth to expound the nature and meaning of the journey; and some unusual features of pilgrimage in medieval Rome.

Keywords: town-planning; pilgrimage; Rome; Jerusalem; symbolic geography; labyrinth

Chapter.  40425 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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