Anthropologist on Pilgrimage. On the Problem of Understanding and Interpreting Experience Cover Image

Antropolog na hodočašću. O problemu razumijevanja i tumačenja iskustava
Anthropologist on Pilgrimage. On the Problem of Understanding and Interpreting Experience

Author(s): Marijana Belaj, Hrvoje Čargonja, Zoran Čiča, Boštjan Kravanja, Ankica Marinović, Lidija Radulović, Snježana Zorić
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Hrvatsko etnološko društvo
Keywords: experiences; religious experiences; anthropology of pilgrimage; cultural anthropology;

Summary/Abstract: Understanding (subjective) experience of encountering another reality, the sacred, and the perception of the sacred, implies not only the acceptance of the belief that the sacred exists in itself and that it is located in place, in the context of the pilgrimage phenomenon, but also one's own experience of the belief. The problems of research and understanding of direct experiences (not only pilgrimage experiences), the mechanisms that trigger them and their practical effect, are usually interpreted through methodological or interpretational limits. On the example of several elements of the anthropology of pilgrimage, the introductory paper offers a perspective that the issue of cultural-anthropological dealings with experience lies primarily in the interdisciplinary valuing of experiences of cultural anthropologists themselves. The thesis is further discussed by several colleagues whose research is focused on religious themes.

  • Issue Year: 40/2010
  • Issue No: 33
  • Page Range: 7-44
  • Page Count: 38
  • Language: Croatian