Metaphors Pilgrims Live By: Metaphor Systems of the Modern Pilgrimage

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Florida Atlantic University, 2007 - 121 pages
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Pilgrimages have produced volumes of textual reflections by pilgrims and outside observers. These writers represent a wide variety of disciplines from travel theorists to travel bloggers, medieval historians to modern anthropologists and sociologists. The findings of this study reveal two major complex metaphor systems: one based on a series of interlaced existential metaphors orbiting the nuclear LIFE IS A J OURNEY and the other stemming from a network of economic metaphors of MORAL ACCOUNTING. The symbolic exchange embedded in these metaphorical systems reflects the human desire for a meaningful and worthy life. These mutually supporting complex systems of metaphor reveal an existential connection between the medieval pilgrim and the contemporary tourist.

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