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Pilgrimages as Kenotic Communities Beyond the Walls of the Church

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260559
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260559.003.0011
Pilgrimages as Kenotic Communities Beyond the Walls of the Church

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This chapter argues that Russian Orthodoxy provides an interesting context for examining the relationship between churchly religiosity and religion outside the church. The church is tolerant and supportive of various forms of religious activities taking place outside its own domain. The chapter focuses on pilgrimages in order to examine how Orthodox believers relate to the church and society, distinguishing between two kinds of pilgrimage: processions and the veneration of “traveling icons.” By offering religious education and experience outside of the church, these kinds of pilgrimage demonstrate how the revival of Russian Orthodoxy continues to create kenotic communities of believers.

Keywords: Russian Orthodoxy; religiosity; church; religious activities; pilgrimages; processions; traveling icons

Chapter.  11330 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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