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Book chapter

Avtobusniki: Russian Orthodox Pilgrims’ Longing for Authenticity

P. 267-286.

The chapter, based on the field research among week-end pilgrims, argues that the overage Orthodox believer in contemporary Russia in not a churchgoer and arrangers her religious life outside the church. Instead of acquiring religious knowledge and language under the supervision of the church, the new believers have created their own mode of religiosity by drawing upon their previous experiences (such as heritage tourism) and beliefs (such as bio-energy healing etc). The research shows that a longing for authenticity has been a central part of the construction of new identities in Russia, and this process has been expressed in the language of Orthodox Christian tradition, as people know this language in their post-Soviet present.

In book

Avtobusniki: Russian Orthodox Pilgrims’ Longing for Authenticity
Edited by: C. Hann, H. Goltz. Iss. 9. Berkeley; Los Angeles; L.: University of California Press, 2010.