Religious experiences of travellers visiting the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe (Spain)

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Religious experiences of travellers visiting the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe (Spain)

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Title: Religious experiences of travellers visiting the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe (Spain)
Author: Robina Ramírez, Rafael; Pulido Fernández, Manuel
Abstract: El Real Monasterio de Guadalupe ha sido uno de los destinos religiosos más importantes de España desde el siglo XIV, cuando se encontró la escultura de madera negra de la Virgen María (esculpida en el siglo I d. C.). Fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) en 1993 y actualmente es un turismo atracción de interés internacional. Es visitado por más de 60,000 turistas anualmente, incluidos peregrinos y otras personas interesadas en el patrimonio cultural y natural de la zona. El objetivo de este estudio fue descifrar las formas en que los turistas experimentan la religiosidad con diferentes motivaciones, es decir, para comprender mejor cómo la religión está vinculada al turismo a través de nociones encarnadas de la piedad en diferentes modalidades de turismo. Se entrevistó a un total de 242 visitantes en el verano de 2017. Se les preguntó sobre las principales motivaciones para sus visitas, que se clasificaron en cinco grupos (razones religiosas, culturales, ambientales, sociales y educativas) y se utilizaron como variables latentes en un modelo de ecuación estructural de camino (SEM). El modelo mostró un fuerte poder predictivo (R2 = 87.5%) informando una influencia positiva significativa de las motivaciones religiosas, culturales y ambientales en el turismo religioso en esta región.The Royal Monastery of Guadalupe has been one of the most important religious destinations in Spain since the 14th century, when the black wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary (sculpted in the 1st century AD) was found. It was declared a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) in 1993 and is presently a tourism attraction of international interest. It is visited by more than 60,000 tourists annually, including pilgrims and other people interested in the cultural and natural heritage of the area. The aim of this study was to decipher ways that religiousness is experienced by tourists with different motivations, i.e., to better understand how religion is linked to tourism through embodied notions of godliness in different modalities of tourism. A total of 242 visitors were interviewed in the summer of 2017. They were asked about the main motivations for their visits, which were classified into five groups (religious, cultural, environmental, social, and educational reasons) and used as latent variables in a path structural equation model (SEM). The model showed strong predictive power (R2 = 87.5%) reporting a significant positive influence of religious, cultural, and environmental motivations on religious tourism in this region.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10662/9906
Date: 2018


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