Mapping the Visible and Invisible Topographies of Place and Landscape Through Sacred Mobilities

  • Avril MaddrellEmail author


Different forms of mobility produce specific situated experiences, and consequently orient the subject differently in relation to those places at particular times. Places and landscapes are agential, evoking and provoking emotional-affective and, in some cases spiritual, engagement. In common with spirituality, emotional ties reach across time and place, ultimately they are both carried within and catalysed by meaningful places and embodied experience of landscape. Sacred mobilities are meaningful and meaning-making journeys and practices which have religious or spiritual intent. Sacred mobilities reflect and give meaning to place and landscape attributes, including place attachment. Embodied mobilities intersect with place, wider landscapes and perceived or virtual spiritual realms in varied ways, producing ‘deep maps’ of individual and collective sensory, emotional-affective and spiritual experience in material, embodied psychological and virtual spaces. Participant accounts of guided pilgrimage and prayer walks are used to explore experience of place and landscape.


Emotional-affective sacred mobilities Embodied mobilities Dynamic spatial relations 


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  1. 1.University of ReadingReadingUK

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