Sacred, cultural and educational places, contexts of pilgrimages and pilgrimaging


Słowa kluczowe:

holy/sacred place, pilgrimage, pilgrimaging, culture, education, upbringing


Searching for the meanings hidden in the definition of a sacred place, we naturally root this category in concepts based on religious, spiritual or identity references. A sacred place is almost synonymous with the memory of the events it refers to, it is also related to recalling the origins of this place, which is associated with the categories of holidays and celebrations, a constant reminder of the sense that the place contains. A. Lipari presents the above account very vividly, recalling the already forgotten category of the bell of the lost in culture.

The bell of the lost is a tradition related to the place, which ordered to ring the bell, the sound of which was supposed to help pilgrims heading to the holy place to orient themselves in space and show the way to the goal, which is the pilgrimage and the sense of the effort of pilgrimage (Lipari, 2014, p. 19). For a place to exist and have a geographical significance, it is necessary to give it cartographic coordinates, these coordinates define the physical purpose of the road that leads to this place.

The subject of the text presented here is not the sacred place as a geographic space, it is primarily a place that is a source of meanings that are renewed whether in the educational spaces of pilgrimage and pilgrimaging, or in the meanings it holds, acting as a sacred place in culture.