Topic: Road side Sanctuaries
Visiting foreign lands and discovering pleasure in traveling is not an unhistorical activity, it actually dates from the Middle Ages. Back then, the main “tourist attraction” throughout the known world were Sanctuaries, such as Santiago de Compostela in Spain or Jerusalem in the Middle East among many others. It was back then, when locals who lived nearby the main roads to these pilgrim places decided to turn their house into a lodging for the travelers, or even turn the local tavern into a homey dinner. Here fore, ladies and gentlemen, there’s one of the many origins of hotels and restaurants.
If we consider these facts as an early beginning for tourism, then there’s no novelty about the latest religious tours. They existed for hundreds and hundreds of years, for after those pilgrim places lost their initial strength there were some other new ones uprising. Rome and the Vatican city, as well as Belen and Jerusalem are fine examples of this sort of tourism.
When I found about all this information I was amazed. It’s really interesting to discover the beginning of a tradition that we’ve already take for granted. I actually had no idea of the power of Saints back in the middle ages. I found out they were somewhat a key to understand a very varied chirstianism. This mini investigation led me to some new doubts about Christianity and the way this religion has evolved throughout history. To my surprise, I not only got to understand a bit better one of the most important beliefs in society, I have a long lost relative that has been sanctified: Saint Paola Frassinetti. Awesome! isn’t it?
For she’s my family, or I’m her family, or actually, she’s family with all of us for she’s God’s child…. Anyway, I searched for information on her and I found out about her interesting life:
The bond established with the popular public is unquestionable. At the same time, there’s a conflict of interests established between the Church and these popularly sanctified characters. The situation is not new to Latin Americans specially, for their relationship with the Roman Church has been quite complicated since the beginning of colonial times, for the way local cults and beliefs blended and merged with the Christian cult has not always been approved by the hierarchy in Rome. It is not our job to judge this relationship or its implications, we just want to share with the travelers interested in religions some of Argentina’s spiritual, social, cultural and architectural heritage linked to all these cults and religions. The cultural richness implied in these sorts of cults is amazing; and it opens up as an alternative door through which to understand and get to know the Argentina.
Bob Frassinetti, Route 40 Argentina and Artdealer.com, webzine on art, antiques, collectibles and travelling located in Argentina, wants to broaden it's collaborator's staff.
We daily receive dozens of inquires about lovely Argentina, its culture and treasures, we contribute with several international magazines with specialized articles on Art & Antiques made or found in Buenos Aires.
If you like art and antiques, if you enjoy travelling and want to share your experience with worldwide net surfers, we would love for you to collaborate with us!
We do not care about your lack of experience or if you prefer to research or do journalist works. We only ask for enthusiasm and good will to get to know the world of antiques & art and to share with our readers and us a bit of your free time.
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We would like to keep on informing and sharing outstanding facts about this lovely South American country and its culture, as well as its fantastic artists, craftsmen, objects and vintage items thanks to your input.
Bob Frassinetti Copyright 2007 Roberto Dario Frassinetti
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