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Pilgrims to the Living in Context

Georgia Frank

in The Memory of the Eyes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222052
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222052.003.0001
Pilgrims to the Living in Context

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This chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the religious sensibilities of pilgrims who journeyed to visit living saints. Two works are central to this investigation: The History of the Monks in Egypt, an anonymous description by a Jerusalem monk written in the final years of the fourth century, and the Lausiac History (ca. 420) by Palladius, bishop of Helenopolis. These travelogues provide the most extensive firsthand accounts we have of pilgrims' journeys. The discussion then covers tales of the monks, pilgrimages to the biblical holy places, pilgrims and sensory piety, and the culture of visibility. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: living saints; Lausiac History; pilgrimage; monks; holy places

Chapter.  11967 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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