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Local identities and transnational cults within Europe.

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This book is primarily derived from the proceedings of a meeting of Francophone anthropologists, the XXVIII Colloque Eurethno du Conseil d'Europe, on the theme of pilgrimage in Europe, which was held in Perugia and Assisi in 2014. As such, the publication of these papers in English brings to the Anglo-centric academic community many contributions from primarily French and Italian authors in relati...


Chapter 5 (Page no: 39)

Fighting for the saint: ritual rivalries in traditional pilgrimages.

This chapter analyses a number of local pilgrimages in Provence (France), where excesses and rivalry among the parishioners were evident, to the extent of violent combat, as they fought for the honour of serving the saint. The ritual battles have now become an instrument of tourism development, with religious and civil authorities finding ways to make use of this historical and ritualistic heritage.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction: local identity and transnational cults. Author(s): Giacalone, F. Griffin, K.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 8) Continuity from local cult to 'accepted' ritual. Author(s): Spitilli, G.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 19) Developing pilgrimage itineraries: the way of St Francis in Umbria as case in point. Author(s): Sal, P. de
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 30) Pilgrimage, religious tourism and heritage in Calabria. Author(s): Bellio, A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 45) Chinese migrations and pilgrimages around Prato (Italy) and Wenzhou (China). Author(s): Parbuono, D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 58) Globalizing romani culture: the pilgrimage to the sea in Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (France). Author(s): Loiseau, G.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 69) The cult of Señor de los Milagros of Peruvians in Italy. Author(s): Cruzzolin, R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 77) Cultural diversity in a local French pilgrimage. Author(s): Etienne, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 87) Mixing sport and religion in the landes area of France. Author(s): Lamothe, M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 99) An ethnology of the foreign traveller to the shrine of St Nicholas of Bari, Italy. Author(s): Julliard, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 109) Healing tourists with religion: Saint Rita's cult in Poland. Author(s): Kuźma, I. B.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 118) A transnational cult: St Rita of Cascia. Author(s): Giacalone, F.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 131) Saint Rita of Cascia: an evolving devotion in Dublin's inner city. Author(s): Kiely, T.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 147) Conclusion. Author(s): Griffin, K. Giacalone, F.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • IDEMEC UMR 7307 CNRS, Aix-Marseille-University, Aix-en-Provence, France.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2018
  • ISBN
  • 9781786392527
  • Record Number
  • 20183147535