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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective$
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Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260559

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260559.001.0001

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Pilgrimages as Kenotic Communities Beyond the Walls of the Church

Pilgrimages as Kenotic Communities Beyond the Walls of the Church

(p.240) 10 Pilgrimages as Kenotic Communities Beyond the Walls of the Church
Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Chris Hann

Hermann Goltz

University of California Press

This chapter argues that Russian Orthodoxy provides an interesting context for examining the relationship between churchly religiosity and religion outside the church. The church is tolerant and supportive of various forms of religious activities taking place outside its own domain. The chapter focuses on pilgrimages in order to examine how Orthodox believers relate to the church and society, distinguishing between two kinds of pilgrimage: processions and the veneration of “traveling icons.” By offering religious education and experience outside of the church, these kinds of pilgrimage demonstrate how the revival of Russian Orthodoxy continues to create kenotic communities of believers.

Keywords:   Russian Orthodoxy, religiosity, church, religious activities, pilgrimages, processions, traveling icons

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