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dc.contributor.authorHuang, Jianbo
dc.contributor.authorZheng, Xuwen
dc.contributor.authorLee, Christine
dc.identifier.citationHuang , J , Zheng , X & Lee , C 2023 , ' Materiality, experience and the body : the Catholic pilgrimage of Sheshan in Shanghai, China ' , Religions , vol. 14 , no. 1 , 40 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 282906471
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 29057394-cf87-4d94-8313-e0d4892c3326
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:60AF5F7626DF73AA8300B3E56918EABE
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85146824666
dc.descriptionFunding: This research was funded by the Shanghai Social Science Innovation Research Base, for “Research on Transitional Sociology with Chinese Characteristics”.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper foregrounds the Turnerian experiences of pilgrims themselves, for whom pilgrimage is perhaps first and foremost the process of experiencing faith with their whole body and mind. At the Chinese Catholic pilgrimage site of Sheshan, located in western Shanghai, multiple meanings and possibilities are written onto the body of the pilgrim as it interacts with sacred materialities. In the process, the pilgrim materially orients themselves towards the transcendent other and to people and events throughout time. The boundary between subject and object is increasingly blurred in the pilgrim’s imagination, and pilgrimage becomes a ‘porous’ mind-body experience for them. In the process, as pilgrims repeatedly physically enact doctrine and doctrinal texts in the course of pilgrimage—while simultaneously rooting them in their own personal lives—Sheshan is, through the concrete actions of worshippers layered up over time, continually being re-made as sacred.
dc.rightsCopyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://
dc.subjectSheshan pilgrimageen
dc.subjectReligious experienceen
dc.subjectAnthropology of experienceen
dc.subjectBL Religionen
dc.subjectGN Anthropologyen
dc.titleMateriality, experience and the body : the Catholic pilgrimage of Sheshan in Shanghai, Chinaen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Social Anthropologyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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