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Mapping the visible and invisible topgraphies of place and landscape through sacred mobilities

Maddrell, A. (2019) Mapping the visible and invisible topgraphies of place and landscape through sacred mobilities. In: Counted, V. and Watts, F. (eds.) The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 131-144. ISBN 9783030288488

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Abstract/Summary

Different forms of mobility produce specific situated experiences, and consequently orient the subject differently in relation to those places at particular times. Places and landscapes are agential, evoking and provoking emotional-affective and, in some cases spiritual, engagement. In common with spirituality, emotional ties reach across time and place, ultimately they are both carried within and catalysed by meaningful places and embodied experience of landscape. Sacred mobilities are meaningful and meaning-making journeys and practices which have religious or spiritual intent. Sacred mobilities reflect and give meaning to place and landscape attributes, including place attachment. Embodied mobilities intersect with place, wider landscapes and perceived or virtual spiritual realms in varied ways, producing ‘deep maps’ of individual and collective sensory, emotional-affective and spiritual experience in material, embodied psychological and virtual spaces. Participant accounts of guided pilgrimage and prayer walks are used to explore experience of place and landscape.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:No
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:88140
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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