Contemporary Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land has grown steadily over the past several decades and has attracted the attention of anthropologists. Following a brief survey of the historical background of pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the organization of contemporary pilgrimages, I examine the tensions between communitas and conflict, and between pilgrimage and tourism. Finally, I look at the interactions between Christian pilgrims, who have mainly come to confirm their faith, and a significant religious other, as represented by the Jewish-Israeli tour guide.
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