Blessings and the Business of Cemetery Tourism

  • Cory Thomas Pechan Driver
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Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Abstract

This chapter addresses the business side of the religious work that guards do in preserving graves. The first section considers the foundation of Jewish tourism excursions as an attractive niche for Moroccans who cannot otherwise compete with larger, established tourism companies. The second section describes the work of a Moroccan/American NGO, The High Atlas Foundation (HAF), that restores abandoned Jewish cemeteries. The HAF projects also allow Muslim Moroccans living around the cemeteries to grow crops or tend orchards within the walls, but away from graves. They frame the graveyards as a source of blessings for all.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cory Thomas Pechan Driver
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  1. 1.Council on International Educational ExchangeRabatMorocco

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