Place Experience of the Sacred Silence and the Pilgrimage Topography of Mount Athos

This book explores the topography of Mount Athos, emphasizing the significance of silence and communal ritual in its understanding. Mount Athos, a mountainous peninsula in northern Greece, is a valuable case study of sacred topography, as it is one of the world’s largest monastic communities and an...

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Main Author: Kakalis, Christos
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Singapore Palgrave Macmillan 2024, 2024
Edition:1st ed. 2024
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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Summary:This book explores the topography of Mount Athos, emphasizing the significance of silence and communal ritual in its understanding. Mount Athos, a mountainous peninsula in northern Greece, is a valuable case study of sacred topography, as it is one of the world’s largest monastic communities and an important pilgrimage destination. Its phenomenological examination highlights the importance of embodiment in the experience of religious places. Combining interdisciplinary insights from architectural theory, philosophy, theology and anthropology with archival and ethnographic materials, the book brings a fresh contribution to both Athonite studies and scholarship on sacred space. By focusing on the interrelation between silence and communal ritual, it offers an alternative to the traditional art historical, objectifying approaches. It reintroduces the phenomenological understanding of place, investigating also how this is expressed through a number of narratives, such as travel literature, maps and diaries
Physical Description:XV, 182 p. 24 illus online resource
ISBN:9789819962143