Religiousness as tourist performances: a case study of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage

Matina Terzidou*, Caroline Scarles, Mark Saunders

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The aim of this paper is to decipher ways of experiencing religiousness through tourist performances, intersecting textual approaches with the essential embodiment and materiality of the tourist world. Exploring the diversity of religious tourists’ practices within the Greek Orthodox context, two dimensions underpinning religious tourist experience are highlighted: institutional performances and unconventional performances. Focussing on the embodied experience and drawing upon theories of performance, the paper critiques the interplays of body and place to re-conceptualise current understanding of the pilgrimage/tourism relationship. In doing so, the paper proposes that tourism and religion are not separate entities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-129
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date16 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • Pilgrimage
  • religious tourism
  • performance
  • affect
  • Greek Orthodox

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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