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Journal:   JOURNAL OF SOCIAL STUDIED IN TOURISM   spring-summer 2019 , Volume 7 , Number 13 ; Page(s) 25 To 52.

The Typology of Pilgrimage Styles among Youths in Mashhad

Author(s):  KERMANI MAHDI*, ASGHARPOUR MASOULEH AHMADREZA, Vaez Mousavi Mohammad mahdi
* Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
Although pilgrimage is known as a religious action, it has many socio-cultural features, which require in-depth qualitative studies. The typology of pilgrimage among different social strata is an example of such features. To understand different styles of pilgrimage, ten participants were chosen. The aged 20-30 and were citizens of Mashhad. Interviews were semi-structured and were analyzed based on their themes. The main finding of this research showed four classes of pilgrimage based on the Weberian account of ideal types: introspective, traditional, pragmatic and entertaining. Each type emerged in three phases: preliminaries and essentials, practice, and achievements. The four axial concepts represented the essence of the pilgrimage styles: a. spirituality was the pivotal concept in the introspective style; b. the traditional pilgrimage related to rituals; c. the wish related to the practical style; d. leisure was the essence of entertainer pilgrimage.
Keyword(s): pilgrimage,typology,youths,pilgrim
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