Consuming visions mass culture and the lourdes shrine suzanne k kaufman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers plastic madonnas packaged holy tours and biblical theme parks can arouse discomfort laughter and even revulsion in religious believers and nonbelievers alike scholars. The 1897 jubilee pilgrimage to lourdes marked a key moment in the life of the shrine commemorating twenty five years of national pilgrimages to the holy grotto the jubilee saluted the shrines long commitment to serving the sick and celebrated two and a half decades of the virgins intercessory powers of healing. Consuming visions mass culture and the lourdes shrine by suzanne k kaufman ithaca and london cornell university press 2005 viii plus 255 pp 3495. Consuming visions offers new ways to interpret material forms of worship female piety and modern commercial culture kaufman argues that the melding of traditional pilgrimage activities with a newly developing mass culture produced fresh expressions of popular faith. Consuming visions offers a lucid and persuasive challenge to the durkheimian view that the sacred and profane cannot successfully interact it does so by demonstrating how lourdes evolved as a modern capitalist shrine from bernadettes visions in 1858 through the establishment of the town as a thriving centre of religious tourism to the controversies this blend of faith and commodity
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