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Keeping the faith through souvenirs
Date:8/7/2012

Montreal, August 7, 2012 Although it may not seem like much, the small wooden figurine Grandma brought back from the Holy Land has been blessed. She gives the souvenir to her grandchildren knowing she has done her job: deliver God into their lives.

A recent study led by Hillary Kaell, an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Concordia University, and published in the Journal of Material Culture looks at why and to whom people give souvenir gifts an area of study that little is known about. For her research, she chose to focus on Christian American women, between the ages of 55 and 75, who travel to the Holy Land and who make souvenir purchasing an important part of their pilgrimage.

"Crucial in this endeavor is how pilgrims negotiate the fluid line between commodity and religious object," says Kaell, who mentions that according to the Israeli Census Bureau, more than 60,000 Canadians travel to Israel and the Palestinian Authority each year―most of whom are Christian pilgrims. "They imbue commercial souvenirs with divine presence therefore creating powerful tools for 'softly' asserting religion in their families' lives. Giving these souvenirs becomes another way to bolster faith."

Kaell based her study on ethnographic research conducted on the road in the Holy Land and then at pilgrims' homes after they had returned. Conversation interviews were held with 99 pilgrims and 34 industry professionals, the majority of the interviews consisting of pre and post trip conversations with pilgrims from five groups (three evangelical and two Catholic), as well as participant observation with two of these groups in the Holy Land.

What she found was that the gifts the women bought in the Holy Land were classified into two major groups: undirected ones for acquaintances and directed ones for family, especially children. These women expressed how they felt responsible for perpetuating their faith in the family
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Contact: Fiona Downey
fiona.downey@concordia.ca
514-848-2424 x2518
Concordia University
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