Pilgrimage, Sacred Space

Barry Stephenson

in Performing the Reformation

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732753
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Pilgrimage, Sacred Space

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This chapter examines Wittenberg as a Lutheran pilgrimage site. The various Lutheran organizations promoting and developing the town as a pilgrimage site are discussed, along with tensions between these groups. The chapter argues that sacred quality of Wittenberg is a kind of void or blank slate, on which various groups inscribe meaning and significance. As a pilgrimage site, Wittenberg often occasions conflict and tension between the various Lutheran groups.

Keywords: pilgrimage; contestation; liturgy; Lutheran Church; heritage tourism

Chapter.  11825 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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