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Padoan, Tatsuma
Towards a Semiotics of Pilgrimage: Ritual Space, Memory and Narration in Japan and Elsewhere
Berlin and Boston
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Pilgrimage, Paris School Semiotics, Anthropology of Religions
Pilgrimage can be better understood as a particular kind of semiotic activity, that is, as a process of production, transmission, and reception of meaning through languages, texts, and discourses. This book proposes a new under-standing of this cultural practice, through the methodological lens of contemporary continental semiotics. Through historical and ethnographic examples as well as case studies conducted in Japan, pilgrimage emerges as a trans-formative process involving subjects in search of identity. This process strategically employs ritual space, narration, and memory through the performative use of body and experience.
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