4. Affective Communitas and Sacred Geography: Mapping Place and Movement in Norwegian Pilgrimage
Marion Grau [+]
MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
This essay proposes an expanded methodology for studying pilgrimage that aims to integrate aspects that go beyond the anthropocentric study of the phenomenon. By paying attention to ecological history, the effects of climate, landscape, water and weather on pilgrim and pilgrimage, and inspired by the work of Eduardo Kohn, Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing, the essay envisions pilgrimage as a complex interspecies relationship. The practice of climate pilgrimage provides an example of an embodied ritual that goes beyond the anthropocentric by gathering and carrying water from all across Norway to the UN Climate negotiations in Paris.