The intimacy of mediation jewish guides in the contact zone of christian holy land pilgrimage

Amos S. Ron, Yotam Lurie

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Abstract

The contact zone between groups of Christian pilgrims touring the Holy Land and the Jewish-Israeli tour guides leading these groups can become an area of intercultural intimacy, respect and mutuality, based on a form of shared understanding, despite the cultural differences. Thus, after making sense of the piecemeal and practical notion of “shared understanding” that develops in the day-to-day interaction between the guide and the pilgrims, three practical mediation techniques that are commonly used by guides, are identified through observations and interviews with guides regarding their practical handling of cross-cultural and ethical difficulties. These techniques, channeled into guiding practices, enable guides to engage other religions while fostering relations of intimacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalEthnologia Europaea
Volume48
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Christianity
  • Holy land
  • Intimacy
  • Pilgrimage
  • Tour guide

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