Marketing Mysticism and the Purchase of Pilgrimage: The Rise of Spiritual Tourism in Cusco and Iquitos, Peru

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Title:
Marketing Mysticism and the Purchase of Pilgrimage: The Rise of Spiritual Tourism in Cusco and Iquitos, Peru
Author:
Owen, Bonnie Jean
Issue Date:
2006
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This thesis presents my findings on the Peruvian spiritual tourism industry in both Cusco and Iquitos, based on six weeks of fieldwork during Summer 2005. New Age and Peruvian spiritual belief systems have converged to form current Andean mystical and Amazonian shamanic practices. Increasing numbers of foreign tourists, whether believers in the New Age or not, are coming to gain a deeper understanding of these spiritual belief systems through participation in sacred rituals and ceremonies. The effects of such tourism are similar to other cultural tourism industries, such as increased competition, matters of authenticity, and performance of culture. Other issues are more specific to the spiritual tourism industry, such as the physical and sexual exploitation of tourists. But there are also many positive outcomes of this spiritual interchange, such as individual physical, mental, and emotional healing.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
tourism; Peru; Amazon; Andes; shamanism
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Latin American Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Tesh, Sylvia
Committee Chair:
Tesh, Sylvia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleMarketing Mysticism and the Purchase of Pilgrimage: The Rise of Spiritual Tourism in Cusco and Iquitos, Peruen_US
dc.creatorOwen, Bonnie Jeanen_US
dc.contributor.authorOwen, Bonnie Jeanen_US
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis presents my findings on the Peruvian spiritual tourism industry in both Cusco and Iquitos, based on six weeks of fieldwork during Summer 2005. New Age and Peruvian spiritual belief systems have converged to form current Andean mystical and Amazonian shamanic practices. Increasing numbers of foreign tourists, whether believers in the New Age or not, are coming to gain a deeper understanding of these spiritual belief systems through participation in sacred rituals and ceremonies. The effects of such tourism are similar to other cultural tourism industries, such as increased competition, matters of authenticity, and performance of culture. Other issues are more specific to the spiritual tourism industry, such as the physical and sexual exploitation of tourists. But there are also many positive outcomes of this spiritual interchange, such as individual physical, mental, and emotional healing.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjecttourismen_US
dc.subjectPeruen_US
dc.subjectAmazonen_US
dc.subjectAndesen_US
dc.subjectshamanismen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLatin American Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorTesh, Sylviaen_US
dc.contributor.chairTesh, Sylviaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilder, Margareten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBeezley, Billen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVasquez, Marcelaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTesh, Sylviaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1767en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659747526en_US
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